Josen Diaz, PhD

Josen Diaz
Phone: (619) 260-7721
Fax: (619) 260 7625
Office: Maher Hall 206

Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies

  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Literature
  • M.A., University of California, San Diego, Literature
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego, Literatures in English and Political Science

Josen Masangkay Diaz earned her Ph.D. in Literature at the University of California, San Diego. Her research and teaching focus on the study of race, gender, colonialism, empire, and authoritarianism.

Areas of Expertise

Colonialism, postcolonialism, modernity; race and subjectivity; gender and sexuality studies; transpacific studies; Asian American studies; Filipino and Filipino American studies

Scholarly Work

Diaz’s scholarly work interrogates the intersections of democratic republicanism, liberalism, and authoritarianism and their capacity to shape ideas about race, gender, and subjectivity. Her book manuscript in progress analyzes the ways that U.S. democratic reform and Philippine martial law in the post-World War II era developed a racial discourse of Filipino America according to the logics of the post-World War II global political economy. It turns to the role of cultural production to rearticulate the terms of Filipino life.

She has published work in Kritika KulturaJournal of Asian American Studies, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.


Areas of Interest

Diaz teaches introductory Ethnic Studies and Asian American studies courses and upper-division courses that focus on race, gender, sexuality, labor, migration, and globalization.