René Alexander Orquiza Jr.

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:

rorquiza@providence.edu

401.865.2161

Ruane Center for the Humanities 126

Education:

Ph.D. - The Johns Hopkins University

Area(s) of Expertise:

I am a historian of twentieth century United States interested in American social and cultural history, the Philippine-American relationship, immigration history, and ethnic studies. My 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; the legacy of American governance in the Philippine colonial mentality; and the use of iconography and historical memory in the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars.

Teaching Philosophy

Awards and Honors:

Committee for the Advancement of Faculty Research Providence College

Stephen Botein Teaching Prize Harvard University

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Wellesley College

W. M. Keck Foundation Fellowship The Huntington Library

Fulbright Fellowship Institute for International Education

Selected Publications:

Orquiza, R. (2016) Kitchen as Classroom: Domestic Science in Philippine Bureau of Education Magazines, 1906-1932. Asia Pacific Perspectives.(14), 100-118.

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

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

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

Selected Presentations:

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

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

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

Orquiza, R. 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, R. 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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