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Cynthia Marasigan

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director

Department of Asian and Asian American Studies


Cynthia Marasigan researches and teaches United States history from the mid-19th century to the present, with particular interests in U.S. Empire, comparative race relations, Afro-Asian histories and US-Philippine and Filipino American history. Her current book manuscript, Embattled Amigos: African American Soldiers and Filipino Revolutionaries at War, explores the intersection of U.S. imperialism, Jim Crow and colonial resistance by analyzing a range of black soldier-Filipino interactions during the Philippine-American War and its aftermath.


  • PhD, University of Michigan
  • MA, New School for Social Research

Research Interests

  • U.S. Empire and comparative race relations
  • Afro-Asian histories
  • Philippine and Filipino American history

Teaching Interests

  • Asian American history
  • Race; War; and Citizenship
  • Afro-Asian Intersections
  • U.S. Empire in the Philippines and Pacific


  • Ford Foundation Postdoctoral and Doctoral Fellowships
  • Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • George C. Marshall / Baruch Fellowship
  • J. William Fulbrignt Grant
  • Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship