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Doctoral Candidate, Southeast Asian Studies

About Me I have spent the majority of my life in the Philippines, and I bring to my scholarship a lived fluency in the language and culture of Island Southeast Asia. I am particularly interested in the history of lower class movements throughout the region and their artistic and literary expressions and representations.


2010 – 2016, University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D, South and Southeast Asian Studies

2006 – 2009, University of California, Berkeley
MA, South and Southeast Asian Studies

2003 – 2006, University of California, Berkeley
BA, Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major, magna cum laude


2014. Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley
2010. Fulbright IIE Scholar, Philippines
2007. Predoctoral Humanities Fellowship, UC Berkeley
2006. Judith Stronach Prize for Poetry, UC Berkeley
2005. Haas Scholars’ Fellowship, UC Berkeley
2004. Center for Peace and Wellbeing Fellowship, UC Berkeley
2003. Library Prize for Undergraduate Research, UC Berkeley


“Crisis of Revolutionary Leadership: The Communist Parties of the Philippines, 1959-1974” Ph.D Dissertation, South and Southeast Studies, UC Berkeley, December 2016

“Marxism and Philippine Theology” in Teresa S. Tadem and Laura L. Samson, eds., Marxism in the Philippines: Continuing Engagements (Manila: Anvil, 2010)

Pasyon, Awit, Legend: Reynaldo Ileto’s Pasyon and Revolution revisited: a critique” Master’s Thesis, South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, December 2010


Crisis of Revolutionary Leadership: Stalinism, the Communist Parties of the Philippines and the declaration of Martial Law
October 19, 2016. Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley.

Globalization, the changing face of the Philippine bourgeoisie, and the strategy of the Communist Party of the Philippines
January 9, 2014. Tonan Talk, Center of Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University.

Bernardo Carpio, Tapusi, and the construction of the ‘masses’ in Reynaldo Ileto’s Pasyon and Revolution.
June 18, 2010. Engaging the Classics in Malay and Southeast Asian Studies Conference, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore.

The “semi-feudal, semi-colonial mode of production” in regional Communist discourse.
March 19, 2010. 2nd Mid-Year Conference for US Fulbrighters in SE Asia, Manila.

Teaching Experience

2007 – 2016, Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley
I taught ten undergraduate courses at Berkeley on various aspects of the history, culture and literature of Island Southeast Asia.

Specifically, within the South and Southeast Asian Studies department, I taught 10A, Cultures, Peoples and Polities of Mainland Southeast Asia, once; 10B, The History and Cultures of Island Southeast Asia four times; and R5A and R5B, reading and composition courses focused on the literature of Southeast Asia five times.

The five R5A and R5B courses, as well as one of the 10B courses, I taught independently and was solely responsible for all course content.

  • Repeatedly taught classes of 20 to 25 undergraduate students a variety of courses on the history and literature of Island Southeast Asia
  • Incorporated a strong research component in each course. Students were responsible to produce a ten page research paper at the end of the semester on an aspect of the history of the region.
  • Consistently received an course average instructor rating of – from my students
  • Received the 2014 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award


Tagalog. Native fluency.
Spanish. High level reading and writing competency.

My entire CV is available as a pdf.