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June 30, 2015

Canadian Excellence

Dr. Robert Diaz Jr.

Assistant Professor, Women and Gender Studies - On leave 2014-15

Contact Information
Phone: 519 884 0710 ext.4277
Fax: 519 883 0991
Office Location: R106V - 202 Regina Street
Office Hours: On leave 2014-15
Academic Background

PhD in English, 2007 (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)

B.A. in English, 2002 (University of California Riverside)


Robert Diaz Jr. is an Assistant Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Program at Wilfrid Laurier University. His research and teaching focus on the intersections of Asian North American, Filipino, Sexuality, and Postcolonial Studies.

His first book project, Reparative Acts: Performing Queer Redress in Philippine Nationalisms, examines Filipino diasporic film, literature, performance, and new media in order to interrogate the relationship between histories of nationalism, imperialism, and redress. In the process, Diaz identifies six key figures that have been significant to the consolidation of Philippine nationalisms since the 1970's: the victimized Filipina during Japanese duress, the marginalized city-dweller during the Marcos regime, the transnational returnee or balikbayan, the overseas contract worker, the "beauty queen", and the international celebrity. Diaz argues that by queering these figures, artists, intellectuals, and people participating in the information flows of new media are then able to produce legible and complex critiques of often limited and institutionalized enactments of economic, political, and symbolic redress.

His other book project, The Ruse of Visibility:Queer Filipinos/as and Canadian Multiculturalisms, is the first study of its kind. This work examines the experiences of queer Filipinos in the Canadian context. Diaz analyzes a range of archives, from the Miss Gay Philippines Canada beauty pageant to the narratives of transgender Filipinos who navigate the Greater Toronto Area. In the process, Diaz notes that the Filipino diaspora's experience with multiple forms of colonialism and racialization offer new perspectives for understanding the limits of Canadian multiculturalism, which carries its own attendant forms of racialization and practices of exclusion.

Before coming to Wilfrid Laurier, Diaz was an Assistant Professor of English (tenure track) at Wayne State University in Michigan. He has been awarded two competitive external fellowships, an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships at UCLA with the theme of "Homosexualities: From Antiquity to the Present" (2009-2010), and an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at USC with a theme of "Comparative Ethnic Studies" (2007-2008). Aside from working in the university, Robert is also committed to community engagement and social justice. He continues this commitment by working with LGBT and Filipino focused organizations such as ACAS and Kapisanan, in the Greater Toronto Area.



"Queer Love and Urban Intimacies in Martial Law Manila." Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media, and Society.9:2, 2012. University of the Philippines Press.

"Queer Histories and the Global City." GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Volume 18, Number 2-3, 2012. Duke University Press.

"Transnational Queer Studies and Unfolding Terrorisms: Jasbir Puar'sTerrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times."Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts. Winter 2009. Wayne State Press.

"Queer Undoing in Markova: Comfort Gay."Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. Vol 17:1 Spring 2007. Routledge Press.

"Melancholic Maladies: Paranoid Ethics, Reparative Envy, and Asian American Critique."Performing Reparation: Practice, Methodology, Process.Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. Vol 16:2 Spring 2006. Routledge Press.

Co-Editor (Journal):Performing Reparation: Practice, Methodology, Processwith Joshua Chambers Letson.Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. Vol 16:2 Spring 2006. Routledge Press.


"The Limits of Bakla and Gay: Feminist Readings of My Husband's Lover, Vice Ganda, and Charice Pempengco" in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.TBA. University of Chicago Press.

"Sexuality" in The Routledge Companion to Asian American Literature, edited by Rachel Lee. New York: Routledge Press, forthcoming (March 2014)

"Queer Returns: Failed Balikbayansin R. Zamora Linmark's Lecheand Gil Portes' Miguel/Michelle" in East of Main Street II, edited by Leilani Nishime and Shilpa Dave. New York: New York University Press, forthcoming

"Redressive Nationalisms, Victimized Filipinas, and Japanese Duress" in Philippines Palimpsests: Essays for the 21st Centuryedited by Martin Manalansan and Augusto Espiritu. Forthcoming.

Additional Information

Community Consultant and Volunteer for the following organizations:

Kapisanan Arts Centre, Toronto

Asian Community AIDS Services