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Cherubim Quizon

Cherubim A. Quizon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work


Her most recent publications ponder: do people in so-called traditional societies agree on what that means?

Dr. Quizon looks at how ideas of nation, ethnicity and the self relate to symbols and their transformation whether approached as art, popular imagery, or material culture. Her expertise on textiles and the Bagobo of the Philippines combines multi-site fieldwork with a historical evaluation of early 20th century American museum collections. She has examined the subaltern voice of people on anthropological display at World's Fairs (Philippine Studies 2004), analyzed tropes of indigenism and dictatorship in 20th century painting (Asian Studies Review 2005) and explored the use of ethnography for within-community psychological research (Journal of Counseling Psychology 2005). Her recent works include an ethnographic account of Bagobo cognitive categories of “modern” and “traditional” clothing that do not coincide with the perspective of outsiders (Ethnology 2007), an article on Southern Philippine textiles in the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (Berg 2010); and an overview of loom and fiber technology in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific (Paths of Origins, edited by P. Benitez-Johannot, ArtPost Asia 2011). Her current research looks into how the Bagobo move in and out of transnational social spaces, including indigenous displays of people in the 21st century, while continuing her engagement with Mindanao ikat textiles in early Southeast Asian culture history.


  • Ph.D., State University of New York-Stony Brook, 2000
  • M.A., State University of New York-Stony Brook, 1991 and 1994
  • B.A., University of the Philippines, 1985

Academic Distinctions

Recent Grants: 
  • Philippine National Commission for Culture the Arts (NCCA) and University of California-Los Angeles Fowler Museum of Cultural History 2009-2010
  • SHU Faculty Innovation Grant 2007-2008

Past Awards: 
  • Seton Hall University Research Council 2004
  • Association for Asian Studies-Southeast Asia Council (AAS-SEAC) 1998
  • Wenner Gren Foundation 1997
  • Smithsonian Institution Fellowship 1992
  • Fubright-Hays 1989-1991
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) 1988

  • Exec. Sec., Association for Asian Studies-Philippine Studies Group
  • Editorial Board-Transformations
  • International Advisory Board- Social Science Diliman



Office Phone
(973) 275-5892


Office Location
Room 512
Jubilee Hall


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