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René Alexander Orquiza


Photo of faculty memberAssistant Professor

Contact Information:
Ruane Center for the Humanities 126


Ph.D. - The Johns Hopkins University

Area(s) of Expertise:

René Alexander Orquiza is a historian of twentieth century United States interested in American social and cultural history, the Philippine-American relationship, immigration history, and ethnic studies. His current research focuses on the American efforts to transform the nutrition, diet, and commodity consumption in the Philippines from the Spanish American War until Philippine independence; the application of American Progressive ideas in the Philippine Islands; intellectual history in colonial Southeast Asia; and the legacy of American governance in the Philippine colonial mentality.

Awards and Honors:

Stephen Botein Teaching Prize - Harvard University
Elson Family Arts Initiative Fund - Harvard University
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship - Wellesley College
W. M. Keck Foundation Fellowship - The Huntington Library
Fulbright Fellowship - Institute for International Education

Selected Publications:

Orquiza, Rene Alexander. (2016). Kitchen as Classroom: Domestic Science in Philippine Bureau of Education Magazines, 1906-1932. Asia Pacific Perspectives14 (1), 100-118. University of San Francisco.

Orquiza, Rene Alexander. (2015). "Filipino," Savoring Gotham: A Guide to New York Culinary History. New York: Oxford University Press.

Orquiza, Rene Alexander. (2014). Home cooking as diplomacy: The Poor Man’s Cookbook and its role in Philippine-American relations. Center for Art and ThoughtSpring 2014 Center for Art and Thought.

Orquiza, Rene Alexander. (2013). Lechon with Heinz, Lea & Perrins with Adobo: Advertisements and the Filipino relationship with American food, 1898-1946. New York: NYU Press.

Recent Presentations:

Orquiza, Rene Alexander., Annual Meeting, Asian Studies Association, Seattle, WA, "Paper: Cooking as a Classroom: The Bureau of Education’s Failure with Food Pedagogy, 1904-1922". April, 2016.

Orquiza, Rene Alexander., Annual Conference, Association for Asian American Studies, San Francisco, "American and Filipino Health: Three Trans-Pacific Perspectives over Time". April, 2014.

Orquiza, Rene Alexander., Philippine Studies Conference of Japan, Kyoto University, Kyoto, "The connection between public education and commodities in American Period Philippines: A Digital Humanities approach". March, 2014.

Orquiza, Rene Alexander., Annual Conference, American Studies Association, Washington, DC, "Dishing It Up: Food and Labor". November, 2013.

Orquiza, Rene Alexander., Annual Conference, European Society for South East Asian Studies, Lisbon, "The Promotion of American Alcohol in the Philippines in the 1920s". July, 2013.

Orquiza, Rene Alexander., Annual Conference, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Washington, DC, "Travel Literature in the Philippines at the start of the 20th century". March, 2013.

Orquiza, Rene Alexander., Annual Conference, Association for Asian American Studies, Washington, DC, "As American as Jackrabbit Adobo: Feasts, Harvests, Resistance, Empire, and the History of Filipino American Food". April, 2012.

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