Constancio R. Arnaldo Jr. is a post-doctoral scholar with the department of interdisciplinary, gender, and ethnic studies. At 7:30 p.m. March 30, he will present "From Pancho to Pacquiao: Masculinity, Nationalism, and Filipino Boxing" at the Marjorie Barrick Museum as part of the University Forum lecture series.
The recent Ph.D. graduate came from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign to work with our outstanding faculty and access a variety of professional development opportunities, networking events, certification programs, and more available through the UNLV Graduate College. During their time on campus, postdocs continue to build their CVs and publication records in preparation for the eventual transition into full-time research positions within or outside academia. Meanwhile, they advance our research, teaching, and creative efforts, making important contributions to UNLV’s Top Tier endeavor.
What are you working on at UNLV?
I’m currently working on a book proposal that examines Filipino-American sporting cultures from the onset of U.S. colonial rule (1898) in the Philippines to the 21st century. My book is an interdisciplinary project that looks at how sporting cultures and practices have been important outlets for the Filipino-American community throughout their migration to and settlement in the United States.
I am also working on an article titled “Undisputed Masculinities.” This article draws from ethnographic fieldwork and observations of fan culture during a Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao match against Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas. Using queer-of-color analysis and women-of-color feminist critiques, I examine how male boxing fans of color negotiate a mythical “undisputed” masculinity that is subsequently challenged by women of color.
What are your long-term goals?
I hope to build upon the foundation of establishing UNLV’s Asian/Asian-American Studies program. I have been collaborating with Anita Tijerina Revilla, Mark T. Padoongpatt, and William Jankowiak to ensure that the program succeeds. Because there is a large percentage of Asian and Asian-American communities in Las Vegas and at UNLV, I believe it is important to offer classes that reflect their socio-historical experiences.
I especially look forward to continuing my work with the Asian-American and Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) program. I will contribute to its mission by working with low-income, first-generation college students or students with disabilities.
I will also recruit more students to take classes in IGES, continue work toward social justice, and produce knowledge that makes a difference in our communities.
How do you see your postdoctoral position here helping you reach your goals?
I have been fortunate enough to work with some wonderful colleagues in the department of interdisciplinary, gender, and ethnic studies. They have provided an ecosystem of support through mentorship, collegiality, and supporting my scholarship through events like the University Forum Lecture Series presentation “From Pancho to Pacquiao: Masculinity, Nationalism, and Filipino Boxing.”
This postdoctoral fellowship is also allowing me to publish my work; network with colleagues across campus; and build relationships within the UNLV campus community, including faculty, staff, and students.