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Vicente L. Rafael

Professor Vicente Rafael

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(206) 543-5699
SMI 116A
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By appointment


Ph.D. Cornell University, 1984
M.A. Cornell University, 1982
BA, Ateneo de Manila University, 1977

Trained in Southeast Asian history, European intellectual history and anthropology, my research interests include areas such as language and power, the politics of translation, Comparative Colonialisms and nationalism, the social history of media and mediation, critical theory and anthropology, empire, race and gender. Much of my writing has been on the colonial and post-colonial Philippines and the United States.


Courses Taught

Graduate Study Areas

Division: Asia--Pre-History to the Present

This field is constructed with an emphasis on island Southeast Asia and the Philippines from 1521 to the present.

Division: United States History

Asian American socio-cultural histories, with an emphasis on Filipino Americans and Filipino overseas workers

Division: Comparative History (Historiography, Comparative Ethnicity & Nationalism, and Comparative Colonialisms)*

A field in Comparative Historiography will include Nationalist and postcolonial conceptions of history, deconstruction, critical theory especially as these relate to the politics of translation, religion, and media technologies. A field in Comparative Colonialisms will carry a focus on United States and Spanish imperialism in Asia and the Pacific. The field in Comparative Nationalism and Ethnicity focuses on the historical and technological conditions for the rise of nationhood, as well as the role of mass media, translation and the languages of power in nationalist discourses.

*Students may not offer a field in the Comparative History division as a first field.

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