Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies

Institutional Affiliation

University of Colorado Denver
Department of Ethnic Studies


Ph.D., M.A., Ethnic Studies, University of California San Diego
B.A. English, Cornell University

Regional and Thematic Interests

Literature and the Arts


Faye Christine Caronan is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Denver. In 2008 she received the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. She specializes in Comparative Ethnic Studies and the study of U.S. Imperialism. Currently she is working on two research projects. The first examines how Filipino American and U.S. Puerto Rican culture challenges the ends of colonialism marked by narratives of U.S. exceptionalism by representing how U.S. power does not withdraw from Philippine and Puerto Rican affairs but transitions. Her second project looks at the role that race played in the imagining of the U.S. nation and its empire in the Pacific in the first half of the 20th century.

Selected Publications

2012. “Memories of US Imperialism: Narratives of the Homeland in Filipino and Puerto Rican Homes in the United States” in Philippine Studies 60:3, 337-366.

2012. “Postcolonial Im/migration and Transnational Activist Practices:Filipino American and U.S. Puerto Rican Performance Poet Activism” in Transnational Crossroads: Reimagining Asian America, Latin@ America, and the American Pacific, Eds. Camilla Fojas and Rudy Guevarra. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.

2006. “Colonial Consumption and Colonial Hierarchies in Representations of Philippine and Puerto Rican Tourism” in Philippine Studies 53:1, 32-58.