Allan E. S. Lumba

Allan Lumba

Allan E.S. Lumba

Assistant Professor


413 Major Williams Hall 
220 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061



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  • Southeast Asia
  • Colonialism and Imperialism
  • Race and Capitalism
  • Asian and Pacific Islander American
  • Global History

Professional Activities

  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Association for Asian American Studies
  • American Historical Association
  • American Studies Association


  • Ph.D., History, University of Washington
  • M.A., History, San Francisco State University
  • B.S., History, Oregon State University


Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    • 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

    Selected Publications


    • 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. 

    Additional Information

    I am currently at work on my book manuscript, “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. I have also started researching my next book on the structural entanglements between unemployment, disability, and colonialism in the Pacific World in the long twentieth century.