Kale B Fajardo

Kale Bantigue Fajardo is an Associate Professor of American Studies + Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His academic training is in cultural anthropology, feminist/gender/queer studies, Philippine Studies, Filipino/a American Studies and Asian American Studies. His PhD and MA are from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his Bachelor's degree is from Cornell University. Professor Fajardo's first book, _Filipino Crosscurrents: Oceanographies of Seafaring, Masculinities and Globalization_ (University of Minnesota Press, 2011 and University of the Philippines Press, 2013) is an interdisciplinary ethnography that analyzes the cultural politics of Filipino migrant and maritime masculinities in the local/global shipping industry, in the context of local/global neoliberal capitalism. He uses Philippine post-colonial theory, queer theory, and feminist theory to analyze the above. In particular, his book is concerned with how the Philippine state uses seamen (or the figure of Filipino seamen) to promote neoliberal economic policies and projects in Manila and the Philippine nation. _Filipino Crosscurrents_ is based on fieldwork conducted in Manila, Oakland, as well as on board an industrial container ship that voyaged from Oakland to Hong Kong (via Osaka, Tokyo, and Kiaoshung.) Professor Fajardo has two forthcoming essays: "Queering and Transing the Great Lakes: Filipino/a Tomboy Masculinities and Manhoods Across Waters“ which will be published in a special issue of GLQ entitled "Queering the Middle: Race, Sexual Diasporas, and a Queer Midwest" edited by Siobhan Somerville; and "Decolonizing Manila-Men and St. Malo, Louisiana: A Queer Post-colonial Asian American Critique," in _Filipino/a Palimpsests: Filipino/a Studies in the 21st Century_ edited by Martin F. Manalansan and Augusto Espiritu. Professor Fajardo has also been working on a public anthropology project called: "We Heart Malolos: Kapwa, Kasaysayan at Kalikasan (Unity, History, and the Environment) funded by a Grant-In-Aid of Scholarship and Artistry from the University of Minnesota (summer 2012-winter 2015). Through this project, he is conducting research in his hometown of Malolos, Bulacan in the Philippines and is collaborating with The Center for Bulacan Studies Center at Bulacan State University to organize a series of Malolos-related and Malolos-based kapwa, kasaysayan and kalikasan educational events and programs.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.
  • M.A.: Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.
  • B.S.: Human Development Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Philippine Studies; Filipino/a American Studies; Asian/Asian American Studies; American Studies
  • masculinity studies, gender studies, feminist studies, queer studies
  • migration/immigration/transnationalism/diasporas/globalization
  • maritime studies, Pacific World, port cities
Courses Taught
  • Contemporary Perspectives on Asian America: Space/Place in Asian America
  • Contemporary Perspectives on Asian America: Focus on Gender and Sexuality
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Politics in the US: Focus on Hawaii, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico
  • Comparative Genders and Sexualities: Sissies, Sex Workers, and Seamen
  • America's Diverse Cultures: Natives, Migrants and the Making of Minnesota
  • Freshman Seminar: Reading the Mississippi River: Place, Race, Gender, and Empire
  • Fajardo, Kale Bantigue, Siobhan Somerville, Martin F. Manalansan.Chantal Nadeau, and Ricky Rodriguez. "“Queering and Transing the Great Lakes: Filipino/a Tomboy Masculinities and Manhoods Across Waters"." GLQ forthcoming
  • Fajardo, Kale Bantigue, Deirdre de la Cruz (Ed.). "“The Filipino Seaman” ." Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity (2013):
  • Fajardo, Kale Bantigue. Filipino Crosscurrents: Oceanographies of Seafaring, Masculinities, and Globalzation. University of Minnesota Press/University of the Philippines Press, 2011/2013.
  • Fajardo, Kale Bantigue. "Transportation: Translating Filipino/Filipino American Tomboy Masculinities Through Seafaring and Migration." GLQ 14:2/3
  • Fajardo, Kale Bantigue. ""Of Galleons and Globalization"." Mains™l Haul: A Journal of Pacific Maritime History 38(1-2) (2002): 61-65.
  • U of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid of Scholarship and Artistry, summer 2012 - winter 2015
  • Imagine Grant, 2012 - 2014
  • Insitute for Advanced Study Residential Fellowship (UMN, Twin Cities), January 2009 - May 2009
  • President's Faculty Multicultural Research Award (UMN, Twin Cities), 2008 - 2009
  • Fulbright Dissertation Fellowship, Fall 1997 - Spring 1998