This post is in celebration of Womxn’s Herstory Month! It is by no means a complete list, but here are 5 Pinay scholars who are interrogating, challenging, and decolonizing the world with their groundbreaking research and activism.
1. Nerissa Balce is an Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University (SUNY). Her research interests include postcolonial theory, feminist epistemologies, Asian American literature and culture, American visual culture, etc. Her book Body Parts of an Empire: Abjection, Filipino Images and the American Archive is forthcoming under the University of Michigan Press.
2. Robyn Rodriguez is an Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis. In addition to being a scholar, Professor Rodriguez is also an activist, who has organized with BAYAN USA and other grassroots organizations. Her research interests include globalization, migration, and the Filipin@/American experience.
3. Sarita See is an Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Professor See’s Book, The Decolonized Eye: Filipino American Art and Performance, examines how Filipin@ artists have engaged with the aftermath of U.S. colonialism and how these artists have produced a challenging and creative movement through art, performance, and visual culture. She is also executive director of the Center For Art and Thought, an online space dedicated to providing dialogue and convergence for artists and scholars.
4. Neferti Tadiar is a Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College. Her research interests include transnational and third world feminisms, postcolonial and Marxist theory, Philippine studies, etc. She has produced books and articles interrogating the Filipina/American body, such as Fantasy Production: Sexual Economies and Other Philippine Consequences for the New World Older and “Filipinas ‘Living in a Time of War,'” an article featured in the Body Politics: Essays on Cultural Representations of Women’s Bodies anthology.
5. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales is an Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. She is also the founder and director of Pin@y Educational Partnerships, a Filipin@ American Studies curriculum and teaching pipeline. Professor Tintiangco-Cubales is most notable for coining “Pinayism,” a Pinay feminist consciousness and praxis combining a multitude of theories and philosophies that aims to put the Pinay at the center of dialogue and instigate revolutionary action.