Deirdre de la Cruz

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Richard and Lillian Ives Fellow, assistant professor of Asian languages and cultures

202 S. Thayer, Suite 6111
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608

Office Location(s): 6167 STB
Phone: 734.615.8504
ddelac@umich.edu

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Asian Languages & Cultures
    • Center for Southeast Asian Studies
  • About


    “Spirit Logics: Filipino Ghosts and Global Occultisms at the Turn of the
    Twentieth Century”

    This project examines modern Spiritism—the belief and practice of communicating with the dead—in the late colonial Philippines. As with other Spiritist communities around the world, Filipino Spiritists regarded ghosts as sources of historical insight at the same time that they embraced the different temporalities conjured with each spirit’s visit: of the past in the present, at times imagining a particular future. In the Philippine context this imagining often betokened anti-colonialism, yet the future was not necessarily that of the sovereign nation. On the contrary, in a period that historians have tended to associate with ideas of “independence” in the shift from Spanish Christian colonial rule to American tutelary imperialism, Filipino Spiritism may have disrupted the teleology of nationalism by projecting alternative visions of a global order, mediated through the afterlife.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, Columbia University, 2006
  • Awards
    • National Humanities Center, SIAS Summer Institute Fellow (2007-2008)
    • Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation (2003-2004)
    • Fulbright-Hayes Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (2000-2001)