Faculty Chair

Lisandro E. Claudio

Lisandro Claudio is Associate Professor of Southeast Asian Studies in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in Asian History from the University of Melbourne. Prof. Claudio is an intellectual and cultural historian of the Philippines, with a broad interest in the history of global liberal thought. His book Liberalism and the Postcolony: Thinking the State in Twentieth-Century Philippines (NUS, Kyoto, and Ateneo de Manila Press) received the 2019 George McT. Kahin Prize from the Association of Asian Studies and the 2019 European Association for Southeast Asian Studies Humanities Book Prize. His next book project, tentatively titled The Profligate Colonial: How America Exported Austerity Through the Philippines, 1902-1986, seeks to trace the historical and cultural roots of economic conservatism in the Philippines, from the implementation of the gold-exchange standard during the American Progressive Era to the collapse of developmentalism under the Marcos dictatorship. Apart from being a revisionist history of the Philippine economics and the American Progressive Era, it is an attempt to foreground textual methods in economic history through an examination of the relationship between discourses of austerity and colonialism. Prior to his appointment at Berkeley, Claudio taught at Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University and was a post-doctoral fellow at Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies. 

Program Director

Alexandra Dalferro

Alexandra Dalferro joined CSEAS in May 2023. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University in 2021. Her dissertation examined silk production in Thailand, in particular among communities of Khmer silk producers in Surin province. She was a Visiting Fellow in the Thailand Studies Programme at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore in 2022 and a Lecturer at NUS College from 2022-2023.