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Alfred Flores

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Email    apflores@ucla.edu
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Fields of Study

20th Century United States History; Pacific Islander History; Asian American History; Native American History; Empire; Immigration; Indigeneity; Labor; Race/Ethnicity; Oral History; U.S. and the World.


My dissertation is entitled, "Little Island into Mighty Base: Indigeneity, Race, and U.S. Empire in Guam, 1941-1962," which examines the U.S. military expansion of Guam through indigenous land stewardship and civilian military labor. This process of militarization resulted in various interracial encounters among Chamorros, Filipinos, and white Americans that were peaceful, violent, and in some instances deadly. Thus, my study underscores the connections between empire, indigeneity, and diaspora in a highly contested racialized island. This project relies on a transnational approach that includes archival sources from California, Guam, Maryland, the Philippines, and Washington D.C. These records are combined with oral history interviews that I conducted on Guam with activists, educators, professors, farmers, landowners, former civilian military laborers, and former politicians."


"No Walk in the Park: The Racialization of Civilian Military Laborers in Guam, 1944-1962" in American Quarterly (forthcoming 2015).\"The Power of Literature and My Experiences at the United Nations\" in Guahan and Hawai'i: Literature and Social Movements, eds. Craig Santos Perez and Brandy Nalani McDougall (Ala Press, forthcoming 2015).\"U.S. Presence in Guam\" in Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, and Political History, ed. Xiaojian Zhao (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO Press: 2013).\"I Want the Wide American Earth\": An Asian Pacific American Story, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Exhibition Contributor (May 1, 2013).Jean-Paul deGuzman, Alfred P. Flores, Kristopher Kaupalolo, Christen Sasaki, Kehaulani Vaughn, and Joyce Pualani Warren, \"The Possibilities for Pacific Islander Studies in the Continental United States,\" Amerasia Journal 37:3 (2011): 149-161.Book Review - What the World Should Be: Woodrow Wilson and the Crafting of a Faith-Based Foreign Policy by Malcolm Magee in Enterprise & Society: The International Journal of Business History Vol. 12, Number 2, June 2011.\"Guam and Chamorus\" in The Encyclopedia of Asian Pacific American Folklore, eds. Jonathan Lee and Kathleen Nadeau (Westport: Greenwood Press, 2010)."

Grants and Awards

Research Grant: UC Center for New Racial Studies, 2014-2015.Dissertation Fellowship: Ford Foundation Fellowships Program, 2013-2014 (Alternate/Honorable Mention).Research Grant: UCLA Graduate Division, 2013-2014.Dissertation Fellowship: Ford Foundation Fellowship Program, 2012-2013 (Honorable Mention).Research Grant: UCLA Institute of American Cultures - American Indian Studies Center, 2012-2013.Student Scholarship: Lucy's Island Fashion and Trends, 2012.Pre-dissertation Fellowship: UCLA Department of History, 2011-2012.Professor Harry H.L. Kitano Fellowship: UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 2011-2012.Carey McWilliams Grant: UCLA Department of History, Fall 2011 and Summer 2009.Sara Jackson Graduate Student Award: Western History Association, 2011.UC Diversity Initiative for Graduate Study in the Social Sciences: UCLA Graduate Division, Summer 2011.Pre-doctoral Fellowship: Institute of American Cultures/Asian American Studies Center, 2010-2011.21st Century Graduate Fellowship: UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 2010-2011.Graduate Student Research Grant: UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2010-2011.Tritia Toyota Graduate Research Fellowship: UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 2009.Research Grant: UCLA Institute of American Cultures/Asian American Studies Center, 2009-2010.Graduate Research Mentorship Award: UCLA Graduate Division, 2009-2010.Excellence in Community Service Scholarship: UCLA Asian Pacific Alumni, 2009-2010.Graduate Summer Research Mentorship: UCLA Graduate Division, 2008 and 2009.Benjamin Cayetano Public Policy and Politics Prize: UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 2008-2009 (Awarded best graduate student research paper).Tan Chong Padula Humanitarian Award: Guam Communications Network, 2007.Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year: UCR Department of Ethnic Studies, 2006-2007.

Conference Presentations

CONFERENCES:?American Quarterly: Pacific Currents.? Roundtable Presenter. American Studies Association, October 8-11, 2015. Toronto, Canada.?Asian American and Pacific Islander History.? Panelist. Organization of American Historians ? Regional Workshop, July 17-19, 2015. Glendale, CA.??To Glitter at Night like a Continental Metropolis?: American Popular Representations of Guam, 1944-1962.? Paper Presentation. Cultural Studies Association, May 21-24, 2015. Riverside, CA.?No Walk in the Park: U.S. Empire and the Racialization of Civilian Military Labor in Guam, 1944-1962.? Paper Presentation. UC Center for New Racial Studies Conference, May 15, 2015. San Diego, CA.?Disrupting the Liberation of Land Narrative: Chamorro Land Stewardship and Military Land Taking in Guam, 1941-1972.? Paper Presentation. University of Southern California ? Department of American Studies and Ethnicity Symposium, April 6, 2015. Los Angeles, CA.?Loyalists and Subversives: American, Chamorro, and Filipino Interracial Relations in Post-World War II Guam.? Paper Presentation. American Studies Association, November 6-9, 2014. Los Angeles, CA.?Agony over Land: U.S. Military Land Acquisition and Chamorro Land Stewardship, 1944-1972.? Paper Presentation. Northern Marianas Humanities Council Conference, June 14, 2014. Garapan, Saipan.?Pacific Islander Epistemologies and Higher Education? and ?College Knowledge.? Roundtable Presenter. University of Southern California, Asian Pacific American Student Services ? PULE Youth Summit. March 29, 2014. Los Angeles, CA.\The Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands.\" Panelist. University of Southern California, Hemispheric Graduate Student Initiative. October 13, 2013. Los Angeles, CA.\"The College Experience and Pacific Islander Empowerment.\" Roundtable Presentation. University of Southern California, Asian Pacific American Studies Services. March 30, 2013. Los Angeles, CA.\"The Possibilities and Future for Pacific Islander Studies in the Continental United States.\" Organizer and Panelist. Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. May 22, 2010. Tucson, AZ.\"Pacific Islanders in Higher Education.\" Panel Presentation at the National Pacific Islander Educators Network Conference. November 2007. Paramount, CA.\"Decolonizing Higher Education.\" Panel Presentation at the Annual Famoksaiyan Conference. April 2007. Oakland, CA.\"Pacific Islanders in Higher Education\" and \"Networking within the Pacific Islander Community.\" Panel Presentation at the Annual National Pacific Island Educators Network. November 2006. Long Beach, CA.\"Benevolent Assimilation: U.S. Colonial Education in Guam, 1900-1962.\" Paper presented at the Annual Famoksaiyan Conference. April 2006. San Diego, CA.\"Reverse Diaspora: Chamorro Migration, 1898-1970.\" Paper presented at the Annual National Association of Ethnic Studies. March 2006. San Francisco, CA.\"Pacific Islanders in Higher Education\" and \"Funding for College\" at the Annual Pacific Islander Educators Network Conference. November 2005. Paramount, CA.INVITED LECTURES:\"The United Nations: Issues Regarding Political Self-Determination and Decolonization.\" Academic Advancement Program; ENG 100W (Literature and Composition). August 22, 2012. University of CA, Los Angeles.\"U.S. Military, Asian, and Pacific Islander Labor.\" Asian American Studies Department: AAS 10 - History of Asian Americans. March 4, 2010. University of CA, Los Angeles.SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:\"Stories of Tiyan, Barrigada: Land, Labor, and Activism,\" Interview, KPRG Public Radio, Mangilao, Guam, May 24, 2013.\"Little Island into Mighty Base\": Land, Labor, and U.S. Empire in Guam, 1944-1972. Interview, KTKB Radio, Dededo, Guam, April 27, 2013.\"The Definition of Success.\" Speech. Lucy's Island Fashion and Trends, Fashion Show. April 20, 2012. California State University, Dominguez Hills.\"A Discussion of Pacific Islander Studies.\" Panel Presentation. Teaching the Pacific, Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. February 25, 2012. Long Beach, CA.\"The Operations of U.S. Empire: Colonization and Chamoru Counteraction in Guam.\" Interview. Fall Forum & Welcome Reception, UCLA Institute of American Cultures. December 6, 2010. University of CA, Los Angeles.\"Guam and the United Nations\" Presentation. United Nations Guam Forum. November 18, 2010. University of CA, Los Angeles.\"Where the Past Meets the Present: The Historical and Contemporary U.S. Militarization of Guam.\" Official Testimony. United Nations, Special Political and Decolonization Committee. October 5, 2010. New York, NY.\"Land, Labor, and Love: The U.S. Military Colonization of Guam, 1945-1975.\" Presentation. Breaking Ground Speaker Series, Asian American Studies Center, March 3, 2010. University of CA, Los Angeles."


Dr. Keith Camacho, Asian American Studies Department (Co-Chair)Dr. Frank Tobias Higbie, Department of History (Co-Chair)Dr. Valerie Matsumoto, Department of History/Asian American Studies DepartmentDr. Robin Derby, Department of History


C.Phil. History, UCLA, 2011Graduate Certificate - Concentration in Asian American Studies, UCLA, 2011M.A. History, UCLA, 2010M.A. Public History, UC Riverside, 2006B.A. History & Minor Political Science, UC Riverside, 2004A.A. Liberal Arts, College of the Desert, 2001