CLAS Distinguished Professor Emeritis
Fields of Study: United States-20th Century, Comparative/Migration/Transnationalism, Race and Ethnicity, Colonial Empires, Urban, and Women
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.
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.
Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Affiliate, Women’s Studies Program