University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Anthropology

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Martin F. Manalansan IV

Department Head, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies
ANTHROPOLOGY; Affiliated Faculty of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Professor of LAS Global Studies
Affiliated Faculty of Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies
Center for Global Studies

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Research Interests

Ethnography of Asian America

Filipino global migration

Immigrant Inhabitations

Queer of Color Critique

Racialized Embodiment and Performance

Asian and Asian American Culinary Cultures and other Alimentary Issues


Born and raised in the Philippines, I studied philosophy, Asian Studies and anthropology at the University of the Philippines and did graduate studies in social anthropology at Syracuse University and the University of Rochester. I am an avid observer of transnational popular culture and the ideological landscape of 21st century United States. Despite my tropical provenance, I love temperate climes and urban density which is why I live in the windy city of Chicago. 


  • 1981 A.B. magna cum laude, University of the Philippines
  • 1987 M.A. Anthropology, Syracuse University
  • 1989 M.A. Social Anthropology, University of Rochester
  • 1997 Ph.D. Social Anthropology, University of Rochester

Distinctions / Awards

  • Association for Asian American Studies Excellence in Mentorship Award, 2014
  • Conrad Professorial Humanities Scholar, 2010-2015
  • Ruth Benedict Prize, American Anthropological Association, 2003
  • Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory Senior Research Fellow, 2012-2014
  • Association for Asian American Studies Book Award for Cultural Studies, 2000



  • Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader. Ed. M. Manalansan, R. Ku, and A. Manur. New York: New York University, 2013.
  • Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003.

Book Contributions

  • "Wayward Erotics: Mediating Queer Diasporic Return." Media, Erotics and Transnational Asia. Ed. Purnima Mankekar and Louisa Schein. Durham: Duke University, 2012. 33-52.
  • "Homophobia at Gay Central." Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space. Ed. David Murray. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010. 34-47.
  • "Servicing the World: Flexible Filipinos and the Unsecured Life." Political Emotions. Ed. Ann Cvetkovich, Janet Staiger, and Ann Reynolds. New York: Routledge, 2010. 215-228.
  • "The Empire of Food: Place, Memory and Asian Ethnic Cuisines." Gastropolis: Food and New York City. Ed. J. Deutch and A. Lawson. Columbia University Press, 2008. 93-107.
  • "Queer Love in the Time of War and Shopping." A Companion to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies. Ed. G. Haggerty and M. McGarry. New York: Blackwell Publishing, 2007. 77-86.
  • "Cooking up the Senses: A Critical Embodied Approach to the Study of Food and Asian American Television Audiences." In Alien Encounters: Asian Americans in Popular Culture. Ed. Thuy L. Tu and Mimi Nguyen. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007. 179-193.

Edited Books

  • Cruz-Malave, Arnaldo , and Martin F. Manalansan. Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism. New York: New York University Press, 2002.
  • Manalansan, Martin F. Cultural Compass: Ethnographic Explorations of Asian America. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2000.

Journal Articles

  • " The “Stuff” of Archives: Mess, Migration and Queer Lives." Radical History (In Press) (2014):
  • "Queer Worldings: The Messy Art of Being Global in Manila and New York." Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography (In Press) (2014):
  • Manalansan, M., C Nadeau, R. Rodriguez, and S. Somerville. "Queering the Middle: Race, Region and a Queer Midwest." GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies 20.1-2 (2014): 1-12.
  • "Horizons of Hope: Queer Futures and the Legacy of Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy." Voices: A Publication of the Association for Feminist Anthropology 11.1 (2011): 16-18.
  • "Queering the Chain of Care Paradigm." Scholar and Feminist Online 6.3 (2008):
  • "Queer Intersections: Sexuality and Gender in Migration Studies." International Migration Review 40.1 (2006): 224-249.
  • "Race, Violence and Neoliberal Spatial Politics in the Global City." Social Text 84-85 (2005): 141-156.