Nerissa Balce

 Nerissa Balce 2012

Associate Professor

I am interested in postcolonial theory and the cultures of 1898; race, American visual culture and feminist epistemologies; state violence and Filipino culture; and Asian American literature and culture.


Nerissa S. Balce was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. She received a B.A. in Literature and an M.A. in Philippine Studies from De La Salle University, Manila. She worked as a journalist in Manila, writing articles on Philippine literature, politics, culture and the arts. She took doctoral studies at the University of California-Berkeley on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies. Before joining SUNY Stony Brook’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, she received a postdoc at the University of Oregon’s Department of Ethnic Studies and taught at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst’s Comparative Literature Program. At Stony Brook, she teaches undergraduate courses on Asian American literature and popular culture. Her essays have appeared in Social TextPeace ReviewHitting Critical Mass and in anthologies such as "Positively No Filipinos Allowed": Building Communities and Discourse (Temple UP 2006) and Resource Guide to Asian American Literature (Modern Language Association 2001). Since 2006, she has given lectures in Philippine universities such as De La Salle University, Silliman University in Negros Oriental, the University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo de Manila, Philippine Women’s University and the University of the Philippines-Diliman. She is preparing a book manuscript on American imperialism as a visual language, and the gendered/racialized figure of the Filipino savage in early 20th century U.S. culture.


Book manuscript 

Body Parts of Empire: Abjection, Filipino Images and the American Archive (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming)


1. The Filipina’s Breast: Savagery, Docility and the Erotics of the American Empire.”  Social Text, Duke U Press, June 2006. 89-110. 

2. "American Insecurity and Radical Filipino Community Politics.” Co-authored with Robyn Rodriguez (Sociology Department, Rutgers University). Peace Review, Taylor & Francis, 16:2 June 2004. 131-140. 

3. “Imagining the Neocolony.” Critical Mass: A Journal of Asian American Cultural Criticism. 2:2 Spring 1995. Berkeley: U of California. 95-120.


Book chapters 

1.     “Filipino Bodies, Lynching and the Language of Empire.” In Positively No Filipinos AllowedBuilding Communities and Discourse edited by Antonio Tiongson, Ed Gutierrez and Rick Gutierrez. Philadelphia: Temple U Press, 2006. 43-60. 

2.     “Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn.” In Resource Guide to Asian American Literature. Ed. Sau-ling Cynthia Wong and Stephen H. Sumida. New York: Modern Language Association, 2001. 54-65.

3.     “Filipino American Literature.” Co-authored with Jean Vengua Gier. In New Immigrant Literatures in the United States, A Sourcebook to Our Multicultural Literary Heritage. Ed. Alpana Sharma Knippling. Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1996. 67-89.







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