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Deirdre de la Cruz

Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Studies
Assistant Professor of History

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
  • Fields of Study
    • Cultures and histories of Southeast Asia, in particular the Philippines
  • About

    Research Interests
    Deirdre de la Cruz specializes in the cultures and histories of Southeast Asia, in particular the Philippines.  Her current book project is a historical and ethnographic examination of several apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the Philippines from the mid nineteenth century to the present, especially as they articulate with projects and practices of colonial and post-colonial modernity.  In addition to Philippine history and ethnography, her research interests include theories of religion, colonialism and post-colonialism, visual culture, histories and theories of the mass media, and global occultisms.

    Recent Courses Taught
    The Philippines: Culture and History 
    Jesus Comes to Asia 
    Possessing Culture: Spirit Mediumship and Ethnography in Southeast Asia 
    Secular Enchantments: Technology and Modernity in the Asia-Pacific 

    Recent Publications

    • “Introduction: Figures of Contemporary Philippine Modernity,” in Joshua Barker, et. al. Figures of Modernity in Southeast Asia (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, forthcoming).
    • “From the Power of Prayer to Prayer Power: On Religion and Revolt in the Catholic Philippines,” in Lee Wilson, Liana Chua, Joanne Cook, Nick Long, eds. Southeast Asian Perspectives on Power (London: Routledge Press, December 2011).
    • “The Past and Present of the Future Perfect in Anthropology and History,” in Anthrohistory: Unsettling Knowledge, Questioning Discipline, edited by David William Cohen, et. al. (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011).
    • “Coincidence and Consequence: Marianism and the Mass Media in the Global Philippines,” in Cultural Anthropology 24:3, 455-488.

  • 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)