Augusto F Espiritu

20032016
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Personal profile

Research Interests

American Empire, Transnationalism, Hispanism, Asian and Caribbean Intellectual History

Personal profile

Three cities in the Philippines special to me -- Manila, my birthplace; Jaen, Nueva Ecija, my father's hometown; and Imus, Cavite, that of my mother. As a child, I immigrated to the United States with my family, grew up in Inglewood, California, and attended the Jesuit Loyola High School near downtown Los Angeles. I attended UCLA as an undergraduate, master's, and doctoral student in history and Asian American studies. I joined the History Department and the Department of Asian American Studies in Illinois, serving as head of the Department of Asian American Studies from 2012 to 2014. I have maintained a full agenda of research and teaching as well as a busy travel itinerary, which included sailing around the world for 100 days as instructional faculty for Semester at Sea and research stints in Spain, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.

Biografía en español

Nací en Manila, Filipinas y con el resto de mi familia nos trasladamos a Los Ángeles donde estudié en el Colegio de Loyola y la Universidad de California en Los Ángeles (UCLA). Obtuve mi maestría en estudios asiático-americanos (Asian American Studies) y mi doctorado en historia en UCLA. Soy profesor asociado y un miembro de la Facultad de Historia y el Departamento de Estudios Asiático-Americanos y también tengo una afiliación con el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos y Caribeños. Enseño cursos en la historia de Estados Unidos, especialmente en la historia del imperio norteamericano en Asia, el Pacífico, y las Américas. Enseño también cursos en migración, transnacionalismo, raza y etnía.

Professional Information

My research focuses on the intellectual history of American empire, and on the subjects of migration, nationalism, and transnationalism. My current book project, “In Defense of Spain: Resistance to American Empire in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines in the Twentieth Century,” is a comparative work that examines how intellectuals articulated nationalist ideals with"Hispanism" (also known as hispanismo, hispanidad, or hispanoamericanismo) – a type of solidarity based on a putatively shared "Spanish" identity – as a mode of questioning, resisting, or accommodating to U.S. colonialism and Americanization. The work also reflects on how this resistant discourse generated its own exclusions and theoretical blind spots, especially in relation to gender, race, and social class. The intellectual figures I study include the Cubans Ramón Grau San Martín, Jorge Mañach, and Mirta Aguirre; the Puerto Ricans Pedro Albizu Campos, Antonio Pedreira, and Margot Arce; and the Filipinos, Claro Mayo Recto, Nicomedes (Nick) Joaquin, and Encarnacion Alzona.                                                                                                                                     

Investigación:  Me enfoco en la historia intelectual del imperio norteamericano y en los temas de migración, nacionalismo y transnacionalismo. Mi proyecto actual es un libro titulado, “En defensa de España: La resistencia al imperio norteamericano en Cuba, Puerto Rico y Filipinas durante el siglo veinte.” “En defensa de España” es una obra comparativa que se enfoca en la vinculación de ideales nacionalistas con hispanismo o hispanidad, la ideología que asume una solidaridad entre los que poseen herencia cultural española, como una moda de interrogar, resistir o adaptarse al colonialismo norteamericano y la americanización. La obra también critica las exclusiones y ceguedades teóricas de hispanismo, en especial las relacionadas a género, raza y clase. Las figuras que estudio en mi indagación incluyen los cubanos Ramón Grau San Martín, Jorge Mañach y Mirta Aguirre; los puertorriqueños Pedro Albizu Campos, Antonio Pedreira y Margot Arce; y los filipinos Claro Mayo Recto, Nicomedes (Nick) Joaquin y Encarnacion Alzona.

Education

B.A., History; M.A., Asian American Studies; Ph.D, History, UCLA

Honors & Awards

Arnold O. Beckman Award
Associate Fellow, Center for Advanced Study
Outstanding Asian American Faculty/Staff Award
UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association Royal Morales Community Achievement Award
Mellon Faculty Fellowship
University of California, Berkeley, Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship
Fulbright Research Fellowship

Grants

Hewlett International Research Grant
Amy Ling Memorial Research Grant
Ford Foundation, Conference and Travel Grant

Teaching

Constructing Race in America AFRO/AAS/AIS/HIST/LLS 281
Intro to Asian American Studies AAS 100
Asian American History AAS/HIST 283
Immigrant America HIST 472
Transnationalism and Empire HIST 572

Office Address

History Department
309 Gregory Hall
810 S Wright
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output 2003 2016

Filipino studies: Palimpsests of nation and diaspora

Manalansan, M. F. (ed.) & Espiritu, A. F. (ed.), Jan 1 2016, New York University Press. 419 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

diaspora
Philippines
colonial age
present
genealogy

The field: Dialogues, visions, tensions, and aspirations

Manalansan, M. F. & Espiritu, A. F., Jan 1 2016, Filipino Studies: Palimpsests of Nation and Diaspora. New York University Press, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

dialogue
Aspiration

Philippines

Espiritu, A. F., 2015, The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism. Stone, J., Rutledge, D. M., Smith, A. D., Rizova, P. S. & Hou, X. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Philippines
consciousness
diaspora
colonial age
hegemony

Review: C. Fojas and R. P. Guevarra's (eds.) Transnational Crossroads: Remapping the Americas and the Pacific

Espiritu, A. F., Feb 2015, In : Pacific Historical Review. 84, 1, p. 127-128

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

American Empire, Hispanism, and the Nationalist Visions of Albizu, Recto, and Grau

Espiritu, A. F., 2014, Formations of United States Colonialism. Goldstein, A. (ed.). Durham: Duke University Press, p. 157-179 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2010 2014

  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Editorial activity

Reflections on Empire and Migration

Augusto F Espiritu (Invited speaker)
Aug 11 2012

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Amerasia Journal (Journal)

Augusto F Espiritu (Editorial board member)
20132015

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

Honors & Recognition

honors and awards