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Allan E.S. Lumba

Allan Lumba, Assistant Professor

Allan Lumba, Assistant Professor
Allan Lumba, Assistant Professor

Department of History
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Allan Lumba is an assistant professor of history at Virginia Tech. In May 2022, Duke University Press published his new book, “Monetary Authorities: Capitalism and Decolonization in the American Colonial Philippines,” which charts the historical intersections and tensions between race, knowledge, sovereignty, and capitalism in the U.S. Pacific empire and the Philippine colony. He has also started researching his next book on the structural entanglements between unemployment, disability, and colonialism in the Pacific World in the long twentieth century.

  • Southeast Asia
  • Colonialism and Imperialism
  • Race and Capitalism
  • Asian and Pacific Islander American
  • Global History
  • PhD, History, University of Washington
  • MA, History, San Francisco State University
  • BS, History, Oregon State University
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Association for Asian American Studies
  • American Historical Association
  • American Studies Association
  • 2015 – 2018, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows, The University of Michigan
  • 2013 – 2015, Global American Studies Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
  • 2012, Comparative Ethnic Studies Essay Prize, American Studies Association
  • 2010, Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant

Journal Articles

Lumba, Allan. “Empire, Expansion, and its Consequences.” Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era: The Making of Modern America, edited by Christopher Nichols and Nancy Unger, Wiley Blackwell, 2017. 

Lumba, Allan. “Imperial Standards: Colonial Currencies, Racial Capacities, and Economic Knowledge during the Philippine American War.” Diplomatic History, vol. 39, no. 44, 2015.

Lumba, Allan. “Philippine Colonial Money and the Futures of Spanish Empire.” The Cultural Historyof Money and Credit: A Global Perspective, edited by Chapter for Thomas Luckett, Chia Yin Hsu, and Erika Vause, Rowman and Littlefield, 2015. 

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