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Stephanie Santos

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My dissertation examines contemporary discourses of governmentality and development in the Philippines to trace how the Philippine state crafts restrictive forms of economic citizenship that co-opt vulnerable Filipina women into the flows of global capital. I study the mechanics through which rapid industrialization policies render vulnerable populations as surplus. I also examine how the Philippine state naturalizes neoliberal values via official economic development discourse and hegemonic cultural production and how indigenous Filipina activists are producing counterhegemonic discourses that build upon their epistemes of development and belonging.

Fields of Study

Critical Development Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Postcolonial and Transnational Feminisms, Critical Filipino Studies, Asian American Studies


Ph.D Candidate
B.A., University of the Philippines, Diliman

M.A., New York University