Mike Cullinane receives 2017 Grant Goodman Prize


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Cullinane (left) accepting the award from Rodell.

Michael Cullinane received the Grant Goodman Prize in Philippine Historical Studies at the Toronto PSG meeting.  We wanted to share the photo and the committee’s citation (below) with all, regardless of whether you were able to attend the event.

Congratulations, Mike!

The Philippine Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies is pleased to award the Grant Goodman Prize for 2017 to Michael Cullinane for his substantial contributions to Philippine historical studies. Cullinane is the Associate Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he teaches as a Faculty Associate.

It was during his undergraduate days in California that Cullinane’s interest in Southeast Asia began. Afterward, his service in the Peace Corps introduced him to Cebu and since then he has channeled his considerable energy and intellect toward that island province, the country and even the Filipino diaspora. As a graduate student at the University of Michigan, Cullinane was a prominent member of a group of young social historians who explored local histories of the Philippines. His concentration on Cebu and its social-political elites bespoke his interest in the country’s wrenching turn-of-the-century transition from Spanish to American colonial rule. This interest became the focus of his dissertation and his influential book Ilustrado Politics: Filipino Elite Responses to American Rule, 1898-1908 published by Ateneo de Manila University Press in 2004, a unique and definitive account.

In addition to this major work, Cullinane has authored twenty book chapters and articles on a wide range of historical topics, periods and geographical areas. The most numerous of these publications explore Cebuano topics such as its Chinese mestizos, both the Spanish and American colonial periods, and prominent Cebuano leaders such as Sergio Osmena. His other publications have explored topics that include demography, transportation strikes, Manuel L. Quezon, basketball and culture, and Hilario Moncado and local Filipino history in Hawaii.

Cullinane has continued his productive service to Philippine history and in 2014 he published two more major works both based on his Cebuano research interest: The Battle for Cebu (1899-1900): Andrew S. Rowan and the Siege of Sudlon and Arenas of Conspiracy and Rebellion in Late Nineteenth-Century Philippines: The Case of the April 1898 Uprising in Cebu. As was the case of Ilustrado Politics, these recent titles were published in the Philippines which increase the availability of his work to the Filipino scholarly community. He has at least two forthcoming articles and is working on two on-going book projects that will further deepen his already extensive contribution to Philippine history.

All of these publications were produced despite demanding administrative responsibilities for the Southeast Asia programs at the University of Michigan and now in Madison as well as his work with the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute programs on those two campuses. Of course he still has teaching responsibilities and has been involved in oral history and archival projects while presenting papers at a long list of international conferences.

The Philippine Studies Group is pleased to acknowledge his scholarship and leadership by conferring on him the 2017 Grant Goodman Prize in Philippine history.


Toronto AAS Meeting

The AAS meeting in Toronto had a great Philippine Studies turnout–both in terms of panels, and our annual meeting.

The annual PSG business meeting on Friday had thirty-one attendees, from seven countries, and twenty-three institutions.  More of us than usual were first-time attendees which was great.  The highlight of the evening was certainly when Paul Rodell, the chair of the Grant Goodman Award committee, presented Mike Cullinane with the award check and plaque, reading a wonderful account of his research and accomplishments.  When he accepted the award, Mike said a few words about how honored he was to receive it.  (He also reminded us that it was St. Patrick’s Day–March 17–perfect timing for PSG’s Irishman!)

The conference had 17 panels with some sort of Philippines Studies theme in at least one paper, and four full panels which were organized around Philippine Studies themes, of which two were sponsored by PSG.  A list of those panels and papers is available here: 2017-ps-panels-and-papers-at-aas

Thanks to everyone who contributed!  –Megan Thomas, PSG Exec. Secy.

2017 Goodman Prize in Philippine Historical Studies


On behalf of the Philippine Studies Group (PSG), I am very pleased to announce that the 2017 recipient of the Grant Goodman Award in Philippine Historical Studies is Michael Cullinane of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This award is only granted in alternate years to a well-recognized scholar in any discipline of Philippine Studies whose body of work incorporates substantial historical content and analysis. The selection committee had a number of worthy candidates to consider and was grateful to those individuals who made the nominations, and in some cases, renominations. The award which includes a plaque and a check will be made at this year’s PSG meeting in Toronto at the annual AAS conference (Friday, March 17, 7:30-9:30 in the Peel Room). I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting and to congratulating Michael on receiving the recognition he so deserves.

Paul A. Rodell, Committee Chair