René Alexander Orquiza Jr.
Ruane Center for the Humanities 126
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.
Awards and Honors:
Committee for the Advancement of Faculty Research Providence College
Stephen Botein Teaching Prize Harvard University
Elson Family Arts Initiative Fund Harvard University
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Wellesley College
W. M. Keck Foundation Fellowship The Huntington Library
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
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