Martin F Manalansan

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Martin F. Manalansan IV is the Beverly & Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts and Professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He has taught at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University of the Philippines, New York University, New School University, Wesleyan University, and the City University of New York. He is interested in the ethnographic study of the small, the fleeting, the contingent, and the "infra-ordinary." He conducts research on Asian Americans, Filipino global diaspora, affect and embodiment, sexuality and gender, urban modernity and vernacular globalization. His work focuses on marginalized lives mired not only in the necropolitical but are simultaneously animated by the messy energies of desire and pleasure. Before going back to academia, Manalansan worked for 10 years in AIDS/HIV research, program evaluation and prevention education at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS both in New York City. This experience has shaped his goal in combining academic pursuits with social justice activism.

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, migration, vernacular globalization, urban studies, senses, affects, embodiment, queer studies, decoloniality and the social sciences, Filipino Americans, Philippines, Southeast Asia.
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Minority Scholars Committee: American Studies Assoiation , 2017 - 2020
  • PUBLICATIONS Books: Filipino Studies: Palimpsests of Nation and Diaspora (co-edited with A. Espiritu) 2016 New York University Press. Best Anthology Award, Association for Asian American Studies Filipino Caucus Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader. (co-edited with R. Ku and A. Mannur) 2013 New York: New York University Press. Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora. Durham: Duke University Press 2003 Philippine edition. Manila: Ateneo de Manila University Press 2006 Ruth Benedict Prize, Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists 2003 Honorable Mention, Association for Asian American Studies Book Award for Cultural Studies 2005 Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism 2002 (co-edited with Arnaldo Cruz-Malave) New York University Press Cultural Compass: Ethnographic Explorations of Asian America (editor) 2000 Temple University Press. Association for Asian American Studies Book Award for Cultural Studies 2001 Edited Journal Special Issues: “Feeling Filipinos.” Special issue of the Journal of Asian American Studies. 19(1) 2016“Queering the Middle: Race, Region and a Queer Midwest.” 2014 (co-edited with C. Nadeau, R. Rodriguez and S. Somerville) Special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies 20(1-2) “Gender and Migration Revisited” 2006 (co-edited with Katharine Donato, Donna Gabbacia, Jennifer Holdaway, and Patricia Pessar) Special issue of International Migration Review 40(1) Critical Mass: A Journal of Asian American Cultural Criticism 2(2): Spring 1995 (co-edited with Oscar Campomanes, Tina Chen, Cynthia Liu, Liz Pisares, Roy Santos, Theresa Tensuan) Essays/Articles: “Urban Attunements: Sensorial Worldings of Manila. A Foreword.” 2020 Gary Devilles, Sensing Manila. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University. vii-xii“Queer Migrant Communities, U.S.” 2019 Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History. New York: Charles Scribner. 1039-1045 “Messing up sex: The promises and possibilities of queer of color critique” 2018 Sexualities. 21(8):1287-1290“Messy Mismeasures: Exploring the Wilderness of Queer Migrant Lives.” 2018 South Atlantic Quarterly. 117(3): 489-504.“Restless Urban Meanderings: Mournful Flanerie in Troubled Times.” 2018 Forum/Aftereffects: The Pulse Nightclub Shootings. GLQ: Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies. 24(1): 42-44“Afterword: Queer Elsewhere: Fabulosity and Futurity on the Horizon.” 2017 R. Diaz, M. Largo and F. Pino (eds.) Diasporic Intimacies: Queer Filipinos and Canadian Imaginaries. Northwestern University Press. 311-320.“Tensions, Engagements, Aspirations: The Politics of Knowledge Production in 2017 Filipino American Studies.” Cathy Schlund Vials (ed.) Flashpoints in Asian American Studies. Fordham University Press. 190-204.“Queer anthropology: An introduction." Cultural Anthropology, 31(4), 595–597. 2016“The Field: Dialogues, Visions, Tensions and Aspirations.” (co-authored with Augusto Espiritu) 2016 Filipino Studies: Palimpsests of Nation and Diaspora New York University Press. 1-14“Feeling Filipinos: Unraveling Thoughts about the Emotional and the (Trans)National.” 2016 Journal of Asian American Studies. 19(1): 1-4.“Messy Itineraries of Queerness.” Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology 2015 queerness“Queer Theory” in Emerging Trends in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. 2015 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.” 2015 Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography. 47(3) 566-579. “Queer” in Keywords in Asian American Studies. Schlund-Vials et. al (eds.) 2015 University Press.197-202“Bakla” International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. P. Whelehan and A. Bolin (eds.) 2015 Oxford: John Wiley and Sons. 113-114.“Sashay Away! The Messy and Fabulous Itineraries of Queer Migration: A Foreword” 2014 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. 2014 Crompton-Noll Award for Best LGBT Essay, 2016, Modern Language Association "Performing Elusive Homecomings: Mobility, Embodiment, and Diasporic Filipino Youth." 2014 Kritika Kutura 23: 60-77. http:// “Queering the Middle: Race, Region and a Queer Midwest.” 2014 (co-written with C. Nadeau, R. Rodriguez and S. Somerville) GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies. 20 (1-2): 1-12.“Beyond Authenticity: Rerouting the Filipino Culinary Diaspora.” 2013 Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader. R. Ku, M. Manalansan, and A. Mannur (eds.) New York University Press.“The Bakla Returnee.” In J. Barker, E. Harris and J. Lindquist. (eds.) 2013 Figures of Modernity in Southeast Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. 36-38.“Commentary: Bravely Exploring the Psychological Effects of Colonialism and Its Legacies” 2013 E. J. R. David (ed.). Brown Skin, White Minds: Filipino/American Postcolonial Psychology. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. 273-276“Wayward Erotics: Mediating Queer Diasporic Return” 2012 Media, Erotics and Transnational Asia. Purnima Mankekar and Louisa Schein (eds.). DukeUniversity Press. 33-52 Review Symposium on: Privatization, Marketization, and Neoliberalism—The Political 2012 Dynamics of Post-Katrina New Orleans - A Discussion of Cedric Johnson's The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism, and the Remaking of New Orleans. Perspectives in Politics. 10(3): 716-717.“Afterword: Lingering Thoughts on Migrancy, Hopefulness and Other Worlds.” 2011 Werbner, P. and Johnson, M. (eds.) Diasporic Journeys, Ritual, and Normativity among Asian Migrant Women. London: Routledge. 245-248.“Horizons of Hope: Queer Futures and the Legacy of Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy.” 2011 Voices: A Publication of the Association for Feminist Anthropology. Vol. 11, No. 1 Fall: 16-18. “Servicing the World: Flexible Filipinos and the Unsecured Life.” 2010 Cvetkovich (eds.) Political Emotions. New York: Routledge. 215-228.“Homophobia at Gay Central.” In Homophobias: Lust and Loathing across time and space. 2010 David Murray (ed.) Durham: Duke University Press. 34-47“The Empire of Food: Place. Memory and Asian Ethnic Cuisines.” 2008 In Gastropolis: Food and New York City. J. Deutch and A. Lawson (eds.). Columbia University Press 93-107.“Queering the Chain of Care Paradigm.” Scholar and Feminist Online. 6:3 Summer 2007 “Queer Love in the Time of War and Shopping.” 2007 A Companion to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies. G. Haggerty and M. McGarry (eds.) New York: Blackwell Publishing. 77-86.“Emotional Baggage in the Chain of Care” Anthropology News. 48(7): 8. 2007“Cooking up the Senses: A Critical Embodied Approach to the Study of Food 2007 and Asian American Television Audiences.” In Alien Encounters: Asian Americans in Popular Culture. Thuy Linh Tu and Mimi Nguyen (eds.) Durham: Duke University Press. 179-193.“Colonizing Time and Space: Race and Romance in Brokeback Mountain.” 2007 GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.13(1): 97-100.“Immigrant Domesticity and the Politics of Olfaction in the Global City.” 2006 In The Smell Reader. Jim Drobnick (ed.) New York: Berg. 41-52“A Glass Half Full? Gender in Migration Studies: Introduction.” 2006 (co-authored with Katharine Donato , Donna Gabbacia, Jennifer Holdaway, and Patricia Pessar) International Migration Review. 40(1): 3-26. “Queer Intersections: Sexuality and Gender in Migration Studies.” 2006 International Migration Review 40(1): 224-249 a. Republished: 2012. The Routledge Queer Studies Reader. D. Hall and A. Jagose (eds). Routledge: New York. 529-546 Commentary on Michael Peletz “Transgenderism and Gender Pluralism in 2006 Southeast Asia since early modern times.” Current Anthropology. 47 (20) 329-330 “Race, Violence and Neoliberal Spatial Politics in the Global City” 2005 Social Text. 84-85:141-156. “Migrancy, Modernity, Mobility” In Queer Migrations: Sexuality, U.S. Citizenship 2005 and Border Crossings.. Eithne Luibheid and Lionel Cantu (eds.) Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 146-160.“Relocating Cultural Expressions: Ethnography and the Aesthetics of Everyday 2005 Life in the Work of Edward Bruner.” Anthropology and Humanism. 30(2): 179-186“A Gay World Make-Over? Towards an Asian American Queer Critique.” 2005 In Beyond a Critical Mass: New Directions in Asian American Studies. Kent Ono (ed.). New York: Blackwell Publishing. 98-110“Prairiescapes: Mapping Food, Loss and Longing” 2004 Massachusetts Review. 45(3): 361-365“Anthropology.” Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender 2004 History in America. New York: Scribner Thomson Gale. 63-67“A Queer Itinerary: Deviant Excursions into Modernities.” 2002 In Out in Theory: The Emergence of Lesbian and Gay Anthropology. William Leap and Ellen Lewin (eds) Urbana: University of Illinois Press.246-263.“Biyuti in Everyday Life: Performance, Citizenship and Survival among Filipinos 2001 in the U.S.” In Orientations: Mapping Studies in the Asian Diaspora. Karen Shimakawa and Kandice Chuh (eds.) Durham: Duke University Press. 153-171.“Introduction. The Ethnography of Asian America: Notes Towards A Thick Description.” 2000 In M. Manalansan (ed.). Cultural Compass: Ethnographic Explorations of Asian America. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 1-13.“Diasporic Deviants/Divas: How Filipino Gay Transmigrants ‘Play with the world.” 2000 In Queer Diasporas. Cindy Patton and Benigno Sanchez Eppler (eds.) Durham: Duke University Press. 183-203.“Land of the Mourning: AIDS, Memory and Community in the Filipino Diaspora.” 1999 In Fil-Am: Filipino American Experience. Alfredo Yuson (ed.) Manila: Publico, Inc. 217-218.“In the Frontiers of Narrative: Mapping Filipino Gay Men’s Lives in the U.S.” 1997 In Filipino Americans. Maria P.P. Root (ed.) Thousand Oaks: Sage. 247-256.“Performing Filipino Gay Experiences in America: 1996 Linguistic Strategies in a Transnational Context.” In Beyond the Lavender Lexicon: Authenticity, Imagination and Appropriation in Lesbian and Gay Language. William Leap (ed.) New York: Gordon and Breach. 249-266. “Dissecting Desire: Symbolic Domination and Strategies of Resistance Among 1996 Filipino Gay Men.” In Privileging Positions: The Sites of Asian American Studies. G. Okihiro (eds.) Pullman, WA: Washington State University Press. 291-300.“Double Minorities: Latino, Black, and Asian Men who have sex with Men.” 1996 In Ritch Savin Williams and Kenneth Cohen (eds.). The Lives of Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals: Developmental, Clinical and Cultural Issues. Fort Worth: Harcourt, Brace & Co. 393-415.“Speaking of AIDS: Language and the Filipino Gay Experience in America.” 1996 In Discrepant Histories: Translocal Essays in Philippine Cultures. Vicente Rafael (ed.). Philadelphia: Temple University Press. (published simultaneously in Manila: Anvil Press). 193-220.“In the Shadows of Stonewall: 1995 Examining Gay Transnational Politics and the Diasporic Dilemma.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. 2-4 :425-38 a. Revised version: 1997. The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital. b. Lisa Lowe and David Lloyd (eds.) Durham: Duke University Press. c. Republished: 2003. Theorizing Diaspora. Anita Mannur and Jana Braziel (eds.). d. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing 207-227) “Disorienting the Body: Locating Symbolic Resistance among Filipino Gay Men.” 1994 Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique. 2(1): 73-90.“Searching for Community: Filipino Gay Men in New York.” Amerasia 20(1):59-73.
  • Manalansan, Martin, Author.
  • 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,
  • 2004 Ruth Benedict Book Prize awarded by the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists, American Anthropological Association for Global Divas
  • 1992 Kenneth Payne Prize, Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists, American Anthropological Association for the best graduate student essay