Martin F Manalansan

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American Studies
72 Pleasant St SE
Rm 104

I am committed to the study of the ordinary, the small, the contingent, the queer and the fleeting. My research, teaching and publications are based on ethnographic fieldwork on and critical approaches to everyday life, popular culture, vernacular globalization and urban modernity. I aspire towards a grounded attunement to the violent structural consequences of capitalism and the experiences of subjects in the margins. i pay particular attention to struggles that are not not just mired in the necropolitical but also entrenched in the messy possibilities and openings of queer exuberance and pleasure.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude: Philosophy, University of the Philippines, 1981.
  • Master of Arts: Anthropology, Syracuse University, 1987.
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Anthropology, University of Rochester, 1997.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Sexuality and gender, race and ethnicity, immigration and globalization, cities and modernity, affect, senses and embodiment, food and culture, science and technology studies, critical theory, Filipino global diaspora, Asian Americans, Southeast Asia, Philippines
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Minority Scholars Committee: American Studies Assoiation , 2017 - 2019
  • 2016 (co-edited with A. Espiritu) Filipino Studies: Palimpsests of Nation and Diaspora New York University Press. 2013 (co-edited with R. Ku and A. Mannur) Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader. New York: New York University Press. 2003 Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora. Durham: Duke University Press (Philippine edition published 2006. Manila: Ateneo de Manila University Press). Ruth Benedict Prize, Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists, 2003. Honorable Mention, Association for Asian American Studies Book Award for Cultural Studies, 2005 2002 (co-edited with Arnaldo Cruz-Malave) Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism. New York: New York University Press 2000 (editor) Cultural Compass: Ethnographic Explorations of Asian America. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Association for Asian American Studies Book Award for Cultural Studies, 2001 Edited Journal Issues: 2016 “Feeling Filipinos.” Special issue of the Journal of Asian American Studies. 19(1) 2014 (co-edited with C. Nadeau, R. Rodriguez and S. Somerville) “Queering the Middle: Race, Region and a Queer Midwest.” Special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies 20(1-2) 2006 (co-edited with Katharine Donato, Donna Gabbacia, Jennifer Holdaway, and Patricia Pessar) “Gender and Migration Revisited” Special issue of International Migration Review 40(1) 1995 (co-edited with Oscar Campomanes, Tina Chen, Cynthia Liu, Liz Pisares, Roy Santos, Theresa Tensuan) Critical Mass: A Journal of Asian American Cultural Criticism 2(2): Spring Essays/Articles: In Press “Queer Migrant Communities, U.S.” Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History. Charles Scribner. 2018 “Messing up sex: The promises and possibilities of queer of color critique” Sexualities.“Messy Mismeasures: Exploring the Wilderness of Queer Migrant Lives.” South Atlantic Quarterly. 117(3): 489-504.“Restless Urban Meanderings: Mournful Flanerie in Troubled Times.” GLQ Forum/Aftereffects: The Pulse Nightclub Shootings.” GLQ: Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies. 24(1): 42-44 2017 “Afterword: Queer Elsewhere: Fabulosity and Futurity on the Horizon.” In R. Diaz, M. Largo and F. Pino (eds.) Diasporic Intimacies: Queer Filipinos and Canadian Imaginaries. Evanston: Northwestern University Press. 311-320.“Tensions, Engagements, Aspirations: The Politics of Knowledge Production in Filipino American Studies.” Cathy Schlund Vials (ed.) Flashpoints in Asian American Studies. New York: Fordham University Press. 190-204. 2016 “Queer anthropology: An introduction." Cultural Anthropology, 31(4), 595–597. (co-authored with Augusto Espiritu) “The Field: Dialogues, Visions, Tensions and Aspirations.” Filipino Studies: Palimpsests of Nation and Diaspora. New York: New York University Press. 1-14“Feeling Filipinos: Unraveling Thoughts about the Emotional and the (Trans)National.” Journal of Asian American Studies. 19(1): 1-4. 2015 “Messy Itineraries of Queerness.” Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology website, July 21, 2015. queerness“Queer Theory” in Emerging Trends in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Interdisciplinary, Searchable, and Linkable Resource. Wiley Online Library 1–9.“Queer Worldings: The Messy Art of Being Global in Manila and New York.” Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography. 47(3) 566-579. “Queer” in Keywords in Asian American Studies. Schlund-Vials et. al (eds.) New York University Press.197-202“Bakla” International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. P. Whelehan and A. Bolin (eds.) Oxford: John Wiley and Sons. 113-114. 2014 “Sashay Away! The Messy and Fabulous Itineraries of Queer Migration: A Foreword” in Queering Migrations Towards, From, and Beyond Asia. H. Cordova Quero (eds.) New York: Palgrave. ix-xii. “The “Stuff” of Archives: Mess, Migration and Queer Lives.” Radical History. 120: 94-107. Crompton-Noll Award for Best LGBT Essay, 2016, Modern Language Association "Performing Elusive Homecomings: Mobility, Embodiment, and Diasporic Filipino Youth." Kritika Kutura 23: 60-77. http:// (co-written with C. Nadeau, R. Rodriguez and S. Somerville) “Queering the Middle: Race, Region and a Queer Midwest.” GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies. 20 (1-2): 1-12. 2013 “Beyond Authenticity: Rerouting the Filipino Culinary Diaspora.” Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader. R. Ku, M. Manalansan, and A. Mannur (eds.)New York: New York University Press.“The Bakla Returnee.” In J. Barker, E. Harris and J. Lindquist. (eds.) Figures of Modernity in Southeast Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. 36-38.“Commentary: Bravely Exploring the Psychological Effects of Colonialism and Its Legacies” In E. J. R. David. Brown Skin, White Minds: Filipino/American Postcolonial Psychology. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. 273-276 2012 “Wayward Erotics: Mediating Queer Diasporic Return” in Media, Erotics and Transnational Asia. Purnima Mankekar and Louisa Schein (eds.). Durham: Duke University Press. 33-52
  • Best Anthology Award, Association for Asian American Studies Filipino Caucus. Filipino Studies: Palimpsests of Nation and Diaspora, 2018 Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award, American Studies Association, 2016 Crompton-Noll Award for the Best LGBTQ article, Modern Language Association, 2016 Association for Asian American Studies Excellence in Mentorship Award, 2014 Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory Senior Research Fellow, University of Illinois. 2012-2014 William and Flora Hewlett International Research Travel Grant, University of Illinois. 2012-2013