Member, Postcolonial Studies Association

Member, Modern Language Association

Member, American Comparative Literature Association

Member, The Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love

Consulting Editor, The Explicator

Academic Editor, Asia-Pacific Social Science Review

Associate Editor, Akda: The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, Performance

Section Editor (Southeast Asia), Rupkatha

Reviewer, Postcolonial Text

Reviewer, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory

Reviewer, Kritika Kultura

Featured Speaker. “Postcolonial Paranoia, Reparative Reading, and World(ing) Literature”. UNITAS 100 International Lecture Series. May 2021.

Plenary Speaker. 1st Bhatter College International Conference on Recent Advances in English Studies. Virtual Conference. July 2021.

Moderator. Panel on Postcolonial Affect: Positive Affects and Alternative Futures. 2021 MLA Convention.

Plenary Speaker. “’And beyond/ Frighted the Reign of Chaos and old Night’: On the Humanities (in times of ) Crisis”. Philosophy: Beyond. Philippine Philosophical Association. University of the Philippines. Los Baños, Philippines. November 2019.

Plenary Speaker. “Dreaming of Optimistic Futures: Postcolonialism, Positive Affect, Critique”. 7th International Conference on English and American Literature. Shanghai International University, Shanghai. April 2019.


Positive Affects and Postcolonial Critique (under contract with Routledge)

Archipelagothic: Studies in the Philippine Gothic  (under contract with Anthem Press).


“Positive Affects”. Oxford Bibliographies in Literary and Cultural Theory. Oxford University Press (under contract, expected 2021)

“Consumed by Affects: Kwentong Jollibee, Happy Objects, and the Formation of Intimate Publics.” Kritika Kultura (accepted, forthcoming 2022).

“‘…in the extremity of an impotent despair’: “Whatever Singularity,” Postcolonial Ab-Use, and Erik Matti’s On the Job.” With V. Pacheco. ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature (accepted, forthcoming 2021).

“Enduring Fears: The Monstrosity of Chinese Filipinos in Chito Roño’s Feng Shui (2004)”. With J. Velasco. Asian Ethnicity (2021). DOI:

“the faithful work of drowning.”: A Reparative Reading of Ocean Vuong’s “Telemachus”. With C. Lin. The Explicator (2020)DOI:

“Masculinity in the Age of Philippine Populism”. With V. Pacheco. Masculinities and Social Change (2020). DOI:

“Hybridities and Awkward Constructions in Philippine Locavorism: Reframing Global-Local Dynamics Through Assemblage Thinking”, With M. Montefrio, et al. Food, Culture, & Society (2020). DOI:

“Marlow’s “delicious sensations”: On the Persistence of Affect in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness“. ANQ (2019). DOI:

“Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me: Rethinking the Humanities (in times of) Crisis”. With A. Varadharajan. Critical Arts (2019). DOI:

“Love in the Visual Field: Cinephiliac Moment, Truth-Event, Movement of Thought” JMMLA, Vol. 51, No. 1 (2019). DOI: 10.1353/mml.2018.0009

“The Political Subject is a Lover not a Fighter, or Reading Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club as a Love Story” ANQ: Articles and Notes Quarterly, Vol. 31, No. 2. (2018). DOI:

“Millennial Work Ethic: A Preliminary Examination of the Work Ethic Profile of Filipino University Students”. With J. Velasco. MJSS, Vol. 9, No. 6 (2018).

“Interview”. With D. Bayot and R. Bowlby. Talking Walking: Essays in Cultural Criticism. Sussex: Sussex Academic Press.

“It’s More Fun in the Philippines: Positive Affects and the Post-Colonial Condition” Kemanusiaan: The Asian Journal of Humanities, Vol. 24. No. 2 (2017).

“The Traditional and the Modern in Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters” The Explicator, Vol. 75, No. 2 (2017).

“On Love and Thought’s Intimate Connivance” Eidos, Vol. 26, No.1. (2017).

“The Breakdown of White Masculinity in the Period of Colonial Decline in Anthony Burgess’s Time for a Tiger” The Explicator, Vol. 75, No. 1. (2017).

“Religion as False Resolution: Exploring the Religious Ideologeme in Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe”. With X. Selman. ANQ, Vol. 29, No. 4. (2016)

“‘Love is….’: An Inaesthetic Inquiry on Love and Attention in Aureus Solito’s The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros.” Kritika Kultura, Vol. 27. (2016).

“It is only watching, waiting, attention”: Rethinking Love with Alain Badiou and Simone Weil”. Kemanusiaan: The Asian Journal of Humanities, Vol. 22, No. 2. (2015).

“Rereading Erich Fromm’s The Art of Loving, or Why Loving Means Giving Nothing” Kritike, Vol.  9, No. 2. (2015).

UM Teaching Excellence Award 2020/2021

FAH Best Teacher Award 2020