Women & Gender Studies Institute

Robert Diaz

Ph.D., M.Phil (English, The Graduate Center - City University of New York); B.A. (English, University of California - Riverside)

phone : 416-946-5801

office : 2043

email : robert.diaz@utoronto.ca

Dr. Robert Diaz is Assistant Professor of transnational feminisms, globalization, and sexuality studies at the Women and Gender Studies Institute.   His research, teaching, and community work focus on the intersections of Asian diasporic, postcolonial, and queer studies. Diaz pays particular attention to Filipino/a cultural practices as these are affected by, and affect, histories of empire. In Canada, Diaz has taught at OCAD University and Wilfrid Laurier University. In the United States, he has taught at Wayne State University, USC, UCLA, and Scripps College. In the Philippines, he has taught at De La Salle University.  His research has appeared in numerous academic journals, including Journal of Asian American Studies, Signs, GLQ, Women and Performance, and Plaridel, as well as foundational collections such as Philippine Palimpsests: Essays for the 21st Century (NYU Press) and Global Asian Popular Culture (NYU Press).

Together with Marissa Largo and Fritz Pino, Diaz is also the co-editor of Diasporic Intimacies: Queer Filipinos and Canadian Imaginaries. This groundbreaking book brings together artists, scholars, and community members to discusses the contributions of LGBTQ Filipinos/as to Canadian culture and society. It is the inaugural work for the Critical Insurgencies Series at Northwestern University Press, edited by Jodi A Byrd and Michelle M. Wright.

Information about the book.

Diaz is also completing his single authored book, Reparative Acts: Redressive Nationalisms in Queer Filipino Lives. This work examines Filipino popular culture from the 1970’s onwards in order to chart the links between nationalisms, redress, and queer acts of resistance. This book is forthcoming with Temple University Press.

At the heart of all his academic pursuits are Diaz’s commitment to equity and social justice. He has thus worked with many community organizations in the greater Toronto area that seek to better the lives of people of color, queer, Indigenous, and differently abled communities. He has collaborated with Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS), UKPC/FCYA, Magkaisa Centre and Kapisanan Centre, encouraging multiple forms of capacity building, pedagogy and learning beyond higher education.

Diaz is open to mentoring and supervising students working the following fields: Postcolonial Studies, Transnational and Globalization Studies, Queer Studies, Asian Diasporic Studies, and Filipino Studies.