Roderick Galam

My research is entitled “Seafaring, Family Dynamics, and the (Re)Construction of Filipino Seafarers’ Masculinities.”

I finished an undergraduate degree in education (English/ Social Studies), magna cum laude, and a masters in comparative literature both at the University of the Philippines Diliman. As an undergraduate student, I was inducted into the Pi Gamma Mu International Social Science Honor Society. I taught for almost ten years at the University of the Philippines Integrated School where I had the opportunity to be involved in research, development, and writing projects. I was part of a research that looked into ‘indigenization’ and the education curricula in Cordillera (Northern Philippines); worked with local education departments and local governments in the area of teacher training; and co-wrote instructional materials for teaching English to high school and pre- university students from affirmative-action areas.

In July 2008, my book “The Promise of the Nation: Gender, History, and Nationalism in Contemporary Ilokano Literature” was published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press. This book is a revised version of my master’s thesis which won the Lontok-Cruz Award for Outstanding Research from the University of the Philippines - Center for Women’s Studies.

Because of my academic training and work experience, I have abiding interests in issues of education and social justice; power, pedagogy, and language; literature, gender, and social change; and social memory, Ilokano literature, and the Marcos dictatorship. I am also interested in Southeast Asia and would like to learn Bahasa Indonesia. 
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