Cherubim Quizon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Department of Sociology Anthropology Social Work and Criminal Justice
Dr. Quizon studies how ideas of nation, ethnicity and the self relate to symbols and their transformation, whether approached as material culture, art or popular imagery. Her principal research is on the textiles and dress of the Bagobo of Mindanao, the Philippines using multi-site fieldwork to understand contemporary indigenous textile practices while critically engaging with American museum collections from the 1900s. She broadly explores the politics of representation whether in living anthropological displays of peoples in World's Fairs; in tropes of indigenism and dictatorship in 20th century painting; and in lexical and visual signifiers for indigenous peoples in the 21st century that diverge from indigenous modes of self-ascription. By applying ethnographic and material culture perspectives, her research unpacks categories of "modern" and "traditional" in various discourses from nationalist to neoliberal to tourism/development. She has collaborated with peers in various disciplines and institutions on the use of ethnography for within-community research as well as short video in field-and-museum representations. She continues her exploration of how Southern Mindanao's textile-producing communities negotiate national and transnational social spaces while building on prior work on the cultural history of abaca/banana fiber within the broader context of loom and fiber technology in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific.
Dr. Quizon teaches introductory courses in Cultural Anthropology and Linguistic Anthropology, Qualitative Research Methods, Anthropological Theory, Senior Seminar as well as advanced electives in Visual Anthropology and Anthropology of Art. She also teaches in the University Core, is an advisory board member of the Women and Gender Studies Program, participates in university-wide Digital Humanities initiatives, and is a member of the editorial board representing the Social Sciences for Locus: The Seton Hall Undergraduate Research Journal.
- Ph.D., Anthropology, State University of New York at Stony Brook
- M.A., Art History and Criticism, State University of New York at Stony Brook
- B.A., Humanities, University of the Philippines
- Quizon, C., Magpayo-Bagajo, F. Botanical knowledge and indigenous textiles in the Southern Mindanao highlands: Method and synthesis using ethnography and ethnobotany. Southeast Asia Research. In press.
- Blaan textiles and their changing contexts in Mindanao. Textiles Asia Journal, 12(1), 15-22, May 2020
- "The Weaver's House: Ethnography, Translation and Video in the Highlands of Mindanao" Visual Anthropology Review Vol 35, Issue 2: 148-161. November 2019.
- "The Color Purple: Indigenous Weavers, Heritage Cloth and Interpretations of Cosmopolitanism in Practice"
Cosmopolitanism and tourism: Rethinking theory and practice, pp. 139-161, December 2017
- "Racial Inequalities and the Assessment of Intelligence: A Brief Historical and Interdisciplinary View", co-author Suzuki, L. Talking about structural inequalities in everyday life: new politics of race in groups, organizations, and social systems, pp. 241-260, 2016
- "Shared landscapes, cloth and meaning in the Mindanao Highlands."
Philippines: Islands of Exchange, 312-333, April 2013
- "Dressing The Lumad Body: Indigenous Peoples and the Development Discourse in Mindanao"
Humanities Diliman, 9(2), 32-57., July 2012
- "Lang Dulay, Lake Sebu, Mindanao, Philippines"
Weavers' Stories from Island Southeast Asia, pp. 71-80, June 2012
- Interdisciplinarity in qualitative research with ethnocultural populations
American Psychological Association, 21-40., March 2012
- Untangling the (abaca) knot: a kinship of fiber, color, and loom in textiles of Southeast Asia and the Pacific
Singapore & Manila: ArtPostAsia, 88-103., April 2011
- Philippines: South
Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, 4(7)., June 2010
- Translation is a process, Imelda Cajipe Endaya in a "faraway" land
Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, (2), 19-40., January 2010
- "Costume, Kostyom, and Dress: Formulations of Bagobo Ethnic Identity in Mindanao".
Ethnology, 46(4), 271-288., September 2007
- "Indigenism, Painting and Identity:Mixing Media under Philippine Dictatorship"
Asian Studies Review, 29(3), 287-300, September 2005
- "Ethnography in counseling psychology research: Possibilities for application", co-authors Suzuki, et al. Journal of Counseling Psychology 52(2), 206-214., April 2005
Executive and Professional Activities
- Executive Secretary/Chair, Association for Asian Studies-Philippine Studies Group 2012-2017
- Jury/selection committee, Grant Goodman Prize for Historical Studies, Association for Asian Studies-Philippine Studies Group 2018-2019
- Jury/selection committee, A.L. Becker Southeast Asian Literature in Translation Prize 2015 Jury/selection committee, Luce Translation Project Awards, Southeast Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies 2014-15
- Advisory Board Member, Social Science Diliman 2010-present
- Editorial Board Member, Transformations: Journal of Pedagogy 2008-2013
- Seton Hall University: Digital Humanities Fellowship, Office of the Provost 2016-2018 | Faculty Innovation Grant 2007-2008 |University Research Council 2004
- National/International: Textile Council, Fowler Museum of Cultural History, University of California-Los Angeles, 2009-2010 | National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Republic of the Philippines 2009-2010. 1993-1994 | Association for Asian Studies-Southeast Asia Council (AAS-SEAC) 1998 | Wenner-Gren Foundation 1997 | Smithsonian Institution Fellowship 1992 | Fulbright-Hays 1989-1991 | Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) 1987