Friday, 22 March 2019
Denver, Colorado, USA
- Mina Roces, professor of history at the University of New South Wales, is the first woman to receive the Grant Goodman Prize.
- Read the nomination letter comprised of testimonies from scholars across the humanities and social science. They credit Roces for her historical studies focused on gender, power, and social movements in the Philippines that inform and animate their own scholarship.
Announcement from Dr. Paul Rodell on behalf of the Grant Goodman Prize Selection Committee
The Philippine Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies is please to award the Grant Goodman Prize for 2019 to Mina Roces for her substantial contributions to Philippine historical studies. Roces is a Professor of History in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales in Australia.
Professor Roces had her interest in history sparked while an honors student at the University of Sydney before she took up graduate study at the University of Michigan. Since receiving her doctorate in 1990, Professor Roces has held a leadership role in Philippine historical studies with increased focus on women’s history and studies of gender. Her first book, Women, Power and Kinship Politics: Female Power in Post-War Philippines appeared in 1998 in the United States with a subsequent printing in the Philippines two years later. This first major publication was followed by an expanded version of her dissertation under the title of Kinship Politics in Post-War Philippines: The Lopez Family, 1946-2000 by De La Salle University Press. These titles were followed by the 2012 University of Hawaii Press publication, Women’s Movements and the Filipina, 1985-2006. And her most recent manuscript Gender in Southeast Asia is contracted for delivery to Cambridge University Press this coming October. She has proposed original interpretations of the cultural construction of the feminine, the cultural side of the feminist movement and the politics of national dress and more recently on migration.
As one commentator has stated: “Her body of work unravels a nuanced take on the ways, gender, migration, and politics are intertwined thereby expanding the manner in which we look at current issues in Philippine society and beyond.” Dr. Jean Encinas-Franco, Political Science, University of the Philippines, Diliman.
In addition to these major publications she has co-edited a series of six books on topics Women in Asia (including women’s movements), Asian Marriage and Migration, and the politics of dress in Asia and the Americas. Additionally, she has published twenty-three book chapters and sixteen articles in major peer-reviewed journals. She has also served as a regional editor for the journal Asian Studies Review from 2008-2015. To support her ambitious research agenda, Professor Roces has receive major external grants and five visiting fellowships (in The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, and Denmark) as well as being invited to give fully funded lectures on annual basis since 2010 in addition to her many presentations at academic conferences. In 2016, she was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in recognition of her contribution to the scholarship of gender and history.
Her forthcoming publications include: The Filipino Migration Experience, 1906-2017, a book length study on the history from the perspective of the Filipino migrant (currently under review), and a book on the history of Filipino women as consumers since 1946.
Were this outpouring of high quality scholarly studies and activities not enough, Professor Roces is an active member of her department and has received teaching awards at both her college and university levels. She supports the work of other Asian and Asian American studies scholars as Book Series editor of the Sussex Academic Press’s Sussex Library of Asian and Asian American studies book series.
The Philippine Studies Group is pleased to acknowledge the outstanding scholarly achievement that Professor Mina Roces has shown throughout her career and confer upon her the 2019 Grant Goodman Prize in Philippine History and Historical Studies. It is fitting that a gender studies scholar be the first woman to receive this award.
Paul A. Rodell
Chair, Grant Goodman Committee
The Grant Goodman Committee 2019 was chaired by Paul Rodell, with Michael Cullinane, Cherubim Quizon, and Nicanor Tiongson, members.
Follow the link to learn more about the Grant Goodman Prize and its past awardees.