Professor Mina Roces

BA Hons Sydney, MA PhD Michigan

School of Humanities & Languages


9385 2348
359 Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Gender Specific Studies, Asian History
Tags: Understanding Asia's Past

A Phd graduate from The University of Michigan, Mina Roces is a Professor of History in the School of Humanitites and Languages in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She is the author of three monographs: Women, Power and Kinship Politics in Post-War Philippines (Praeger 1998), Kinship Politics in Post-War Philippines: The Lopez Family, 1946-2000 (de la Salle University Press, 2001) and Women’s Movements and “the Filipino Woman”, 1985-2008” (University of Hawaii Press, 2012). The book project on women’s movements in the Philippines was supported by an Australian Research Council Grant for 2007-09.

In addition, she has co-edited several anthologies on the topic of women in Asia. Her research interests lie in twentieth century Philippine history particularly women’s history. She is book series editor for Sussex Library of Asian and Asian American Studies Book Series and leader of the UNSW FASS Research Cluster on Imperial, Colonial and Transnational Histories. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Pacific Historical Review and is a member of the Advisory Board in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade funded initiative -- the Philippines Project. In 2016 she was elected fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.



    • Roces M, 2012, Women's Movements and the Filipina, 1986-2008, 2012, University of Hawaii press, Honolulu
    • Roces M, 2001, Kinship politics in postwar Philippines: the Lopez family: 1946-2000, Original, De La Salle Unversity Press Inc, Manila, Philippines
    • Roces M, 2000, Women, power and kinship Politics: female power in post-war Philippines (reprinted from the 1998 Praeger edition), Original, Anvil Publishing, Manila
    • Roces M, 1998, Women, Power and Kinship Politics Female Power in Post-War Philippines, 1998, Praeger, Westport, Connecticut, USA

    Book Chapters

    • Roces M, 2013, 'Performing Filipina Identities in Politics', in Guéraiche W (ed.), Philippines contemporaines, edn. 2013, Institut de Recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est Contemporaine (IRASEC), France, pp. 143 - 157,
    • Roces M, 2010, 'Rethinking 'the Filipino Woman': A Century of Women's Activism in the Philippines, 1905-2006', in Roces M; Edwards L (ed.), Womens movements in Asia: feminisms and transnational activism, edn. 2010, Routledge, London, pp. 34 - 52
    • Roces M, 2010, 'Asian Feminisms: Women's Movements from the Asian Perspective', in Roces M; Edwards L (ed.), Womens movements in Asia: feminisms and transnational activism, edn. 2010, Routledge, London, pp. 1 - 20
    • Roces M;Edwards L, 2009, 'Introduction Women in Asia as a Distinct Research Field', in Women in Asia, Critical Concepts in Asian Studies Series, edn. 2009, Routledge, London, pp. 1 - 18
    • Roces M, 2008, 'Catholic Nun; Feminist and Political Activist: Mary John Mananzan in the Philippines', in Profiles in Courage: Political Actors & Ideas in Contemporary Asia, edn. Original, Australian Scholarly Publising, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 184 - 196
    • Roces M, 2008, 'Women, Citizenship and the Politics of Dress in twentieth-century Philippines', in Gender Politics in Asia: Women Manoeuvring within Dominant Gender Orders, edn. Original, NIAS Press, Denmark, pp. 11 - 42
    • Roces M, 2007, 'Gender, Nation and the Politics of Dress in Twentieth-Century Philippines', in Roces M; Edwards L (ed.), The Politics of Dress in Asia and the Americas, edn. 1, Sussex Academic Press, Brighton, pp. 19 - 41
    • Roces M;Edwards L, 2007, 'Trans-national Flows and the Politics of Dress in Asia and the Americas', in Roces M; Edwards L (ed.), The Politics of Dress in Asia and the Americas, edn. 1, Sussex Academic Press, Brighton, pp. 1 - 18
    • Roces M, 2007, 'East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Australia', in Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, edn. Original, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, Netherlands, pp. 131 - 134
    • Edwards L, 2006, 'Chinese women's campaigns for suffrage: Nationalism, Confucianism and political agency', in Women's Suffrage in Asia: Gender, Nationalism and Democracy, pp. 59 - 78,
    • Roces M, 2005, 'The Militant Nun as Political Activist and Feminist in Martial Law Philippines', in Mikula M (ed.), Women, Activism and Social Change, edn. first, Routledge Press, London, UK, pp. 136 - 156
    • Roces M, 2004, 'Is the suffragist an american colonial construct? Defining `the Filipino woman` in colonial Philippines', in Edwards L; Roces M (ed.), Women`s Suffrage in Asia: Gender, Nationalism and Democracy, edn. First, Routledge Press, London, pp. 24 - 58
    • Roces M;Piper N, 2003, 'Introduction: marriage and migration in an age of globalization', in Roces M; Piper N (ed.), Wife or worker? Asian women and migration, edn. First, Rowman & Littlefield, Maryland, pp. 1 - 22
    • Roces M, 2003, 'Sisterhood is local: Filipino women in Mount Isa', in Roces M; Piper N (ed.), Wife or worker? Asian women and migration, edn. First, Rowman & Littlefield, Maryland, pp. 73 - 100
    • Roces M, 2002, 'Women in Philippine politics and society', in McFerson H (ed.), Mixed blessing: the impact of the American colonial experience on politics and society in the Philippines, edn. First, Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut - London, pp. 159 - 190
    • Roces M, 2001, 'Reflections on gender and kinship in the Philippine revolution, 1896-1898', in Rodao F; Rodriguez F (ed.), The Philippine revolution of 1896: ordinary lives in extraodinary times, edn. 1st, Ateneo de Manila University Press, Manila, Philippines, pp. 31 - 48
    • Roces M;Edwards RJ, 2000, 'Contesting gender narratives, 1970-2000', in Women in Asia: Tradition, modernity and globalisation, edn. Original, Allen and Unwin, St Leonards, NSW, pp. 1 - 15
    • Roces M, 2000, 'Negotiating modernities: Filipino women 1970-2000', in Women in Asia: Tradition, modernity and globalisation, edn. Original, Allen and Unwin, St Leonards, NSW, pp. 112 - 138
    • Roces MN, 1999, '"Reflections on Gender and Kinship in the Philippine Revolution 1896-98"', in 1898: España Y El Pacífico Interpretacíon del Pasado, Realidad del Presente, edn. 1999, Madrid, pp. 379 - 389
    • Roces M, 1998, 'The Gendering of Philippine Post-War Politics', in Stivens M; Sen K (ed.), Gender and Power in Affluent Asia, edn. Original, Routledge, London, pp. 291 - 396
    • Roces MN, 1996, '"Filipina Brides in Central Queensland: Gender, Migration and Support Services"', in Futures for Central Queensland, edn. 1996

    Journal articles

    • Roces MN, 2016, '"These Guys Came Out Looking Like Movie Actors": Filipino Dress and Consumer Practices in the United States, 1920s-1930s', Pacific Historical Review, vol. 85, pp. 532 - 576,
    • Roces MN, 2016, '"Filipino Elite Women and Public Health in the American Colonial Era, 1906-1940"', Women's History Review, vol. 25, pp. 1 - 26,
    • Roces MN, 2015, 'Filipina/o Migration to the United States and the Remaking of Gender Narratives, 1906-2010', Gender & History, vol. 27, pp. 190 - 206,
    • Roces M, 2013, 'Dress, Status and Identity in the Philippines: Pineapple Fiber Cloth and Ilustrado Fashion', Fashion Theory - the Journal of Dress Body and Culture, vol. 17, pp. 341 - 372,
    • Roces M, 2009, 'Prostitution, women`s movements and the victim narrative in the Philippines', Womens Studies International Forum, vol. 32, pp. 270 - 280
    • Roces M, 2008, 'The Filipino Catholic nun as transnational feminist', Womens History Review, vol. 17, pp. 57 - 78,
    • Roces M, 2005, 'Gender, Nation and the Politics of Dress in Twentieth-Century Philippines', Gender and History, vol. 17, pp. 354 - 377
    • Roces M, 2005, 'Shamanism, catholicism and gender relations in colonial Philippines, 1521-1685', American Historical Review, vol. 110, pp. 1509 - 1509
    • Roces M, 2004, 'The militant nun as political activist and feminist in marial law Philippines', PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, vol. 1, pp. 1 - 26
    • Roces M, 2003, 'Review of R.B. Tolentino, National/transnational subject formation and media in and on the Philippines', Intersections, vol. 9
    • Roces M, 2000, 'Kinship politics in post-war Philippines: the Lopez family, 1945-1989', Modern Asian Studies, pp. 181 - 221
    • Roces M, 1999, 'Compadrazco and delicadeza in Philippine Political Culture', Moussons 99, pp. 29 - 51
    • Roces M, 1999, 'Women Reinventing Culture: Their Role as Cultural Patrons in post-war Philippines', Public Policy, pp. 36 - 63
    • Roces M, 1997, 'Kapit sa Patalim (Hold on to the Blade): Victim and Agency in the Oral Narratives of Filipina Women Married to Australian Men in Central Queensland', Lila Asia Pacific Women's Studies Journal, pp. 1 - 19
    • Roces MN, 1996, '"Some Thoughts on Images of Female Power in Post-War Philippines"', Lila Asia Pacific Women's Studies Journal, pp. 51 - 67
    • Roces MN, 1994, '"Can Women Hold Power Outside the Symbols of Power?"', Asian Studies Review, vol. 17, pp. 14 - 23
    • Roces MN, 1994, '"Filipino Identity in Fiction: 1945-72''', Modern Asian Studies, vol. 28, pp. 279 - 315
    • Roces MN, 1991, '"Cultural Conflict as a Framework for Interpreting Philippine Post-War History"', Asian Studies Review, vol. 15, pp. 94 - 102

Teaching and Supervision

  • ARTS1210: Concepts of Asia
  • ARTS2212: Southeast Asia
  • ARTS904: Dressed to Kill: Dress and Identity in History
  • ARTS2909: Women in Southeast Asian Societies
  • ARTS3214: Modern Philippine History: Predicaments in Modern Philippine History

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Honours and prizes

  • Winner of the Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence, 2013
  • Winner of the FASS Dean's Excellence in Teaching Award for 2012


  • ARC Discovery Grant for "Buying Power:A History of Women as Consumers, 1902-2010", Sole Chief Investigatorfor 2017-2019
  • ARC Discovery Grant for "A History of Filipino Migration and Identity, 1906-2010", Sole Chief Investigatorfor 2012-2014
  • United States Studies Centre Grant for "The Filipino American Movement",2010
  • ARC Discovery Grant for "A Recent History of Social Movements in the Philippines", Sole Chief Investigatorfor 2007-2009
  • Funded Fellowship, Center for East and Southeast Asia, University of Lund, Sweden, October-November 2014
  • Fully funded Fellowship, Southeast Asia Program, The University of Freiburg, Germany, June-July 2013
  • Fellow, International Institute for Asian Studies, University of Leiden, 2006 and 2010
  • Fully Funded Fellow, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 2009

Engagement and Professional contributions

  • Publications Officer, Executive Committee Asian Studies Association of Australia
  • Book Series Editor: Sussex Library of Asian Studies Series, Sussex Academic Press, 2006-
  • Publications Officer for the Asian Studies Association of Australia, 2005-present
  • Regional Editor for Southeast Asia,Asian Studies Review,2009-present

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Honours students successfully supervised to graduation

Supervised supervised 9 honours students one received the prize for best dissertation in history, 5 received first class honours (finishing in the top three of the class for dissertation marks), 4 received second class division 1. Topics ranged from human rights in Burma, elections in Indonesia since 1998, People Power 2 'revolution' in the Philippines, Marcos and Legitimization in the Philippines, Tourism in Thailand, women in Sri Lankan Politics, Filipino domestic helpers, Gender in Jose Rizal's novels, memories of martial law in the Philippines, and the Khmer Rouge.

Other students successfully supervised