|Division||Social Sciences Division|
|Affiliations||History of Consciousness Department, |
|Office||160 Merrill Faculty Annex|
|Office Hours||W17 Tues 1pm-3pm (except Tues 1/10)|
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|Merill FS, UCSC, 1156 High St.|
Santa Cruz, CA
Professor Thomas has written about how scholarship in the human sciences is taken up by political thinkers and movements. More particularly, she studies how Orientalist and ethnological research and thinking informed nationalist, socialist, and anarchist thought at the end of the nineteenth century. Her research has focused primarily on the Philippines.
In her book, Orientalists, Propagandists, and Ilustrados: Filipino Scholarship and the End of Spanish Colonialism, she argues that Filipino intellectuals used Orientalist genres, methods, and societies for anti-colonial scholarly and political ends. This project has led her to more general comparative interests in nineteenth-century Orientalist scholarship, its political uses, and its relationship to the emerging comparative human sciences. She has written about shared qualities of nineteenth-century European Orientalist thought and contemporary comparative political theory, and about newspapers of late nineteenth-century Manila.
She is currently pursuing two new research projects: one is on nineteenth-century anarchist Mikhail Bakunin's conceptions of enlightenment and education, and how secrecy can enable each of those things; the other is on the ambiguity of sovereignty and the relationship between sovereignty and political action, which she is exploring via the case of the contests of sovereignty in the Philippines during the British occupation of Manila (1762-64).
Biography, Education and Training
Ph.D. (2002) Cornell University, Department of Government. Major: Political Theory. Minor: Colonialism and Nationalism.
M.Sc. (1994) London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Government. Major: Political Theory.
B.A. (summa cum laude, 1992) Oberlin College. Major: English Literature. Minors: Philosophy, Women’s Studies.
- Orientalists, Propagandists, and Ilustrados: Filipino Scholarship and the End of Spanish Colonialism (University of Minnesota Press, 2012; Anvil Publishing edition, 2016).
- “Secrecy's Use: Using Bakunin to Theorize Authority and Free Action.” Contemporary Political Theory 15, no. 3 (2016).
- “Orientalism and Comparative Political Theory.” The Review of Politics 72, no. 4 (2010).
- “‘K’ is for De-Kolonization: Anti-Colonial Nationalism and Orthographic Reform.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 49, no. 4 (2007).
- “Isabelo de los Reyes and the Philippine Contemporaries of La Solidaridad.” Philippine Studies 54, no. 3 (2006).
Professor Thomas teaches courses in 19th and 20th century political theory, Orientalism, comparative colonialism and anti-colonialism, and nationalism.
Courses TaughtPoli 10: Nationalism
Poli 190D: Early Socialist and Anarchist Thought, W15
Poli 109: Orientalism, Sp 15
Poli 105C/LgSt 105C: Modern Political Thought, Sp15
Poli 200A: Topics in Political Theory
Poli 209: Radical Political Thought
Poli 255: Comparative Anti-Colonial Thought and Movements