Photographer: Alexa Jane Battler (2018).

Photographer: Alexa Jane Battler (2018).


I am an Assistant Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. I earned PhD in History at the University of Toronto in 2019. At the heart of my research program lies an intellectual and political commitment to indigeneity, migrant labor, and ethnic belonging in the Filipinx diaspora. I have also published on food labor, urban histories, and ethnic entrepreneurship. Future publications continue my commitment to Philippine indigeneity and diaspora through themes such as: gender and intimacy, ethnic vernacular cultures, colonial death and capitalism, and diasporic settler conditions.

At the Department of American Studies & Ethnicity (ASE), I will be teaching Asian American Studies at the undergraduate level, and Transpacific Studies in the doctoral program.


My first poetry collection, Rouge, was published by Mawenzi House in 2018. It was featured in venues such as CBC Metro Morning and The Scarborough Mirror. With fellow Scarborough-based writers Téa Mutonji (Shut Up, You’re Pretty, April 2019) and Natasha Ramoutar (Bittersweet, 2020), I am at work on a pioneering anthology of emerging Scarborough writers. I am currently at work on a second collection, tentatively titled barangay, which explores Filipino kinship (called a barangay, which is also an outrigger boat native to the archipelago) through the coasts and slopes of Scarborough's southern coast, and beyond into the Pacific.



Featured Works

Urban Ephemera
The Town Crier Magazine, 2019.

“My parents and I flew across the Pacific to the rolling concrete hills and hushed streams of Scarborough.”

The In-Between Water (with Oubah Osman)
The Puritan, 2019.

“on oceanic sky, boats constellate/into desperate corporeal archipelagoes…”