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The Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities

Faculty - 2009 Summer Institute

Shifting Empire: Critical Imperial Studies in the Americas and Beyond

Eighth Annual Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities
An Intensive Introduction to Scholarly Research for Undergraduates

June 22nd - August 21st, 2009


Kiko Benitez

Comparative Literature and Southeast Asian Studies, jfbb@u.washington.edu

Francisco “Kiko” Benitez is assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. His research interests are on the multiple and often conflicting formations of modern subjectivity, nationalism and diaspora in the literature and film of insular Southeast Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has written essays on Filipino film and Tagalog metrical romances, and on the filmic representations of global labor markets, Overseas Filipino Workers, affect, and late capitalism. Along with Professors Bonus and Rodriguez-Silva, he organized the 2007-2008 lecture series on Shifting Empires;he was also principal co-investigator with Professor Laurie Sears (History) of the UW’s Difficult Dialogues project on Engaging Southeast Asian American Pluralism.  He is currently working on a book manuscript on Filipino selfhoods under the American colonial period in the Philippines.

Ron Krabill


Rick Bonus

American Ethnic Studies and Southeast Asian Studies, rbonus@u.washington.edu

Rick Bonus is associate professor in the Department of American Ethnic Studies, adjunct associate professor in Communication, director of the Diversity Minor Program, and interim director of the Southeast Asia Center in the Jackson School. Rick is currently at work on a book manuscript that explores the politics of mentorship through an ethnography of several student mentor programs that he has helped found and direct.  His previous work, Locating Filipino Americans: Ethnicity and the Cultural Politics of Space (Temple 2000) examined public practices of ethnic identity construction.  He was also co-editor, with Linda Trinh Vo, of Contemporary Asian American Communities: Intersections and Divergences (Temple 2002). 

Kari Lerum


Chandan Reddy

English, ccreddy@u.washington.edu.

Chandan Reddy is assistant professor in the department of English.  He is currently completing a book project entitled Desiring Modernity: Race, Sexuality, and Epistemologies of Violence.  Other writings on the topic of race, sexuality and late capitalism include a recentand forthcoming essays on the global city, racialized and gendered undocumented workers, and the legislation of sexual minority "rights" under international human rights standards and on legal epistemologies, critical race theory and queer of color critique in the context of Loving v. Virginia. A former member and organizer with the New York-based South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association, Other Countries writing collective, and the Audre Lorde Project, Chandan currently engages queer of color cultural politics through collaborations with the Central District Forum and other Seattle-based organizations.

Georgia M. Roberts


Ileana Rodriguez-Silva

History and Latin American Studies, imrodrig@u.washington.edu

Ileana M. Rodríguez-Silva is assistant professor of Latin American and Caribbean history at the University of Washington.  Her teaching and research interests focus on the formation processes of racialized subjectivities in slave and post-emancipation societies and the constitution of modern imperial organization.  She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled A Conspiracy of Silence:  Disentangling Blackness, National Identities, and Colonial Regimes in Puerto Rico (1850-1920) (under contract with Duke University Press).