PHISO is very happy and honored to have Professor Vicente L. Rafael as one of the association’s honorary advisors.
Vicente L. Rafael is the Giovanni and Anne Costigan Professor of History and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. He received his BA from Ateneo de Manila University and his MA and PhD from Cornell University. Rafael is the author of several books and articles on the history and cultural politics of the Philippines, including “Contracting Colonialism,” “White Love and Other Events in Filipino Histories,” “The Promise of the Foreign,” and most recently, “Motherless Tongues: The Insurgency of Language Amid Wars of Translation,” all published by Duke University Press in the US and Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. He has also written the Introduction to a collection of Nick Joaquin’s stories, “The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic” recently published by Penguin Classics. He is a regular contributor to various newspapers and journals, including Rappler, The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Dissent, and Social Text and Public Culture. Rafael has received a number of awards from various institutions, including the Mellon Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Social Science Research Council (New York), and the American Council of Learned Societies. He has received several fellowships from various universities including Princeton, Stanford, University of Michigan, University of California-Irvine, University of Washington, the Nida Institute of Translation Studies (Italy), East-West Center in the University of Hawaii, Kyoto University, the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle, among other places. He continues to do research on the Philippines and Southeast Asia, as well as the US.