Main Logo for Providence College

René Alexander Orquiza Jr.

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:

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, food studies, and immigration history. My forthcoming book Taste of Control: Food and the Filipino Colonial Mentality Under American Rule, focuses on the American efforts to transform the nutrition, diet, and commodity consumption in the Philippines from the Spanish American War until Philippine independence. It examines the application of American Progressive ideas in the Philippine Islands and the legacy of American governance in the Philippine colonial mentality. The book is coming out in July 2020 under Rutgers University Press.

Selected Publications:

Orquiza, R. (2020) Taste of Control: Food and the Filipino Colonial Mentality under American Rule.

Orquiza, R. (2019) Old tastes, old stories: Gourmet magazine’s representations of Southeast Asia after the Vietnam War. Food and Foodways.

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

Click here for more information