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Rick Bonus

  • Associate Professor


Ph.D., Communication, University of California, San Diego, 1997


B527 Padelford Hall

Professional Biography

Rick Bonus is primarily an associate professor of American Ethnic Studies, but he also has strong interests in the conjunctions among ethnic studies, American studies, Pacific Islander Studies, and Southeast Asian studies, particularly as they deal with the historical and contemporary phenomena of migration, transnationalism, interdisciplinary work, and multicultural pedagogy. His first book, Locating Filipino Americans: Ethnicity and the Cultural Politics of Space (Temple 2000), is a study of transnational Filipino experiences in the U.S. within the contexts of U.S. imperial histories, labor recruitment, and ethnic community formations. He co-edited the anthology, Intersections and Divergences: Contemporary Asian American Communities (Temple 2002), a collection of essays that grapple with the heterogeneities, complexities, and contradictions of racialized group formations. He has written essays on the cultural politics of difference, media representations, and multicultural education.

Rick teaches courses pertaining to U.S. multiracial society, Filipino American History and Culture, ethnographies of Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian America, and education in relationship to race. His forthcoming book is based on an ethnography of underrepresented students whose college experiences become generative sites for critiquing and transforming university schooling. He has been involved in the creation and sustenance of several UW mentorship programs that specifically target the retention and eventual graduation of students who identify as, or are allies with, Pacific Islanders, Chicanos/Latinos, Native Americans, African Americans, and African diasporic people. He also works on advocacy for underrepresented faculty, curriculum transformation, and nurturing community linkages with many groups. He was formerly the president of the Association for Asian American Studies.

Selected Publications

Contemporary Asian American Communities: Intersections and Divergences. Co-edited with Linda Trinh Vo. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002.

Locating Filipino Americans: Ethnicity and the Cultural Politics of Space (Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 2000).

“The Other Students”: Filipino Americans, Education, and Power. Co-edited with Dina C. Maramba. Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing, 2011.

“Transforming the Place That Rewards and Oppresses Us.” In Transforming the Academy: Challenging Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia in the Ivory Tower, edited by Mary Yu Danico and Brett Stockdill. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2011.

“Homeland Memories and Media: Filipino Images and Imaginations in America.” In Filipino Americans: Transformation and Identity, edited by Maria P. P. Root. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1997. 208-218. Reprinted in Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images, edited by M. Evelina Galang, Eileen Tabios, Sunaina Maira, Jordan Isip, and Anida Yoeu Esguerra. Minneapolis, MN: Coffee House Press, 2003. 145-153.

“Asian American Politics.” “Assimilation.” “Political Correctness.” In the Encyclopedia of American Studies. Danbury, Connecticut: Grolier, 2001.

“Of Palengkes and Beauty Pageants: Filipino American-Style Politics in Southern California.” In Cultural Compass: Ethnographic Explorations of Asian America, edited by Martin F. Manalansan IV. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2000. 67-84.

“Denials, Resistance, and Incorporation: The Politics of Filipino Americanness in Southern California.” In Memories of Overdevelopment: Philippine Diaspora in Contemporary Art, edited by Wayne Baerwaldt. Manitoba, Canada: Plug In Editions, 1997. 62-66.

Teaching and Research Interests

American Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies, Pacific Islander Studies, Ethnography, Education


AES 151 -- Identities, Cultures, and Power Across American Ethnic Groups

AES 340 -- Race, Ethnicity, and Education

AAS 314/ANTH 314 -- Ethnography, Transnationalism, and Community in Island Southeast Asia/Asian America

AAS 360 -- Critical Filipino-American Histories

AAS 385 -- Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans: Race, Law, and Justice


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