Faculty Directory

Barbara M. Posadas

CLAS Distinguished Professor Emeritis

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 2011 Distinguished Faculty and Service Award (article and pictures)

Fields of Study: United States-20th Century, Comparative/Migration/Transnationalism, Race and Ethnicity, Colonial Empires, Urban, and Women

E-mail: bposadas@niu.edu

Education: Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1976

Current Research: “Filipino Chicagoans, 1898-1965” – Under advance contract with the Univeristy of Illinois Press. This book examines Filipino migration to and settlement in the Chicago area and interweaves three themes—community, race, and transnationalism. Community encompasses factors that structured Filipino lives over time—education; gendered associations, interracial marriage and family life; employment; housing; and clubs and organizations. Race places Filipinos and their families within the broader context of Chicago’s increasing polarization between white and black and informs their conscious construction of themselves as Filipinos—neither white nor black. Transnationalism locates Chicago’s Filipinos within a mental and physical world encompassing both the United States and the Philippines.

Recent Publications:

  •  “Sending Money `Home’:  Toward a Transnational History of Migrant Remittances,” (co-authored with Roland L. Guyotte) in Agnieszka Malek and Dorota Praszalowicz, eds., Between the Old and the New World: Studies in the History of Overseas Migrations . "Migration – Ethnicity - Nation: Cracow Studies in Culture, Society & Politics", vol. 1. (Frankfurt am Main:  Peter Lang, 2011), 4-20.  
  • “Strategic Citizenship and Immigration from the Philippines,” (co-authored with Roland L. Guyotte) in Roger Daniels, ed., Immigration and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman (Kirksville, MO:  Truman State University Press, 2010), 96-119.
  •  “Filipino Families in the Land of Lincoln:  Immigrant Incorporation in Springfield, IL, since 1965,” in Elliott R. Barkan, Hasia Diner, and Alan Kraut, eds., Transcending Borders:  Migration, Ethnicity, and Incorporation in an Age of Globalism (New York::  New York University Press, 2008):  143-62.The Filipino Americans. "The New Americans Series," Ronald H. Bayor, Series Editor. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999).
  • "Interracial Marriages and Transnational Families: Chicago's Filipinos in the Aftermath of World War II," Journal of American Ethnic History, 25:2-3 (Winter-Spring 2006), 134-55. (Co-authored with Roland L. Guyotte).
  • The Filipino Americans. "The New Americans Series," Ronald H. Bayor, Series Editor. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999).
  • "Celebrating Rizal Day: The Emergence of a Filipino Tradition in Twentieth Century Chicago," in Genevieve Fabre and Ramon A. Gutierrez, eds., Feasts and Celebrations in North American Ethnic Communities (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1995), 111-128. (Co-authored with Roland L. Guyotte).
  • Refracting America: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Environment in American History to 1877. (St. James, NY: Brandywine Press, 1993). (Edited with Robert McColley).
  • America's History. Volume 1 - to 1877. Student Guide. (New York: Worth Publishers, 1993) (Written with Stephen J. Kneeshaw, Timothy R. Mahoney, Gerald J. Goodwin, and Linda Moore).
  • "Unintentional Immigrants: Chicago's Filipino Foreign Students Become Settlers, 1900-1941," Journal of American Ethnic History, 9:2 (Spring 1990), 26-48. (Co-authored with Roland L. Guyotte).
  • "The Hierarchy of Color and Psychological Adjustment in an Industrial Environment: Filipinos, the Pullman Company and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters," Labor History, (Summer 1982), 349-373.
  • "Crossed Boundaries in Interracial Chicago: Pilipino American Families Since 1925," Amerasia Journal, 8 (Fall 1981), 31-52.

Teaching Interests: My graduate teaching interests focus on U.S. Immigration and Ethnicity and Asian American history. In addition, I am comfortable directing work in U.S. social, urban, and women’s history, as well as the history of Chicago.

Courses Taught:

  • HIST 368 History of Chicago
  • HIST 369 History of U.S. Women
  • HIST 378 Asian American History
  • HIST 474 U.S. Immigration and Ethnic History
  • HIST 610 Reading Seminar on U.S. Immigration and Ethnicity
  • HIST 710 Research Seminar on Migration, Community, and Transnationalism

Interdisciplinary Affiliations:
Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Affiliate, Women’s Studies Program