Vicente L. Rafael (he/him)

Vince Rafael 2022

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Ph.D. Cornell University, 1984
M.A. Cornell University, 1982
BA, Ateneo de Manila University, 1977
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Trained in Southeast Asian history, European intellectual history and anthropology, my research interests include areas such as language and power, the politics of translation and literature, 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.


2017. Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas para sa Kritisimo sa Ingles (Balagtas Award for Criticism in English), UMPIL (Union of Writers in the Philippines).
2017. Visiting Professor, Nida School of Translation Studies, Misano Adriatico, Italy.
2014. Visiting Professor, De La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines.
2013. Visiting Professor, University of the Philippines.
2013. Visiting Faculty, Nida School of Translation Studies, Misano Adriatico, Italy.
2011. Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Haverford College.
2011. Distinguished Professor, Nida School of Translation Studies, Misano Adriatico, Italy.
2008. Solomon Katz Distinguished Lecturer, University of Washington.
2007. Grant Goodman Prize, Philippine Studies Group, Association for Asian Studies (This is a lifetime achievement award in Philippine Studies).
2006. Invited to be a Resident Fellow, Center for the Study of Advanced Behavioral Sciences, Stanford.
2006. Mini-grant, Transnational Institute, Jackson School, Univ. of Washington.
2004-05. Fellowship, Simpson Humanities Center, Univ. of Washington.
2003. Fellowship, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto Univ., Japan (declined).
2000-01. Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
2000. Winner, National Book Award for History, Manila Critics’ Circle, Philippines (for "White Love and Other Events in Filipino History").
1998. The Andrews Visiting Chair in Asian Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
1998. Committee on Research Grant, Academic Senate, UCSD.
1997. Residential Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, Bellagio, Italy.
1997. Visiting Research Fellowship, Humanities Research Institute, Univ. of California, Irvine.
1996. Committee on Research Grant, Academic Senate, UCSD.
1996. Visiting Fellow, International Institute, University of Michigan.
1996-97. Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton (declined).
1995. Luce Foundation. Southeast Asia Council Small grants.
1994. Visiting Fellow. Program for Cultural Studies, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.
1994. Committee on Research Grant, Academic Senate, UCSD.
1992-93. Fellow, Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Irvine.
1992. Advanced Research Grant. Social Science Research Council.
1989-90. Committee on Research Grant, Academic Senate, UCSD.
1989. National Book Award for History, Manila Critics' Circle, Manila, Philippines (for "Contracting Colonialism").
1988. Grantee, USIA Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs Exchange Program.
1987-88. Research and Training Award, University of Hawaii Research Council.
1986-87. Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University.
1984. Lauriston Sharp Prize for Outstanding Dissertation, Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University.


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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.

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