Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz, Ph.D. is a Global Intellectual Historian and Southeast Asianist, currently working as a Research Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, before which she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University in the United States. Originally from the Philippines, her broad research interests center on the history of ideas, the Anthropocene, posthumanism, global modernities, and culture.

She holds a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian and International History from Yale University. Her forthcoming book, to be published by Columbia University Press, charts the emplotment of ‘place’ in the proto-national thought and revolutionary organizing of turn-of-the-twentieth-century Filipino thinkers, and how their negotiations with and constructions of the place of ‘Asia’ and the spatial registers of race/Malayness connected them to their regional neighbors undertaking the same work. She is currently a resident at Jiwar to undertake research for her second book, which investigates the co-constitution of socioeconomic class and relationships with the natural environment, to understand how class and attitudes toward nature have related over the last 500 years in the Philippines.

Outside her academic work, she wrote a monthly opinion column for The Manila Times from 2013-2016. She worked for the Office of the Chief Economist and SERG at the Philippines’s Department of Finance from 2016-2017, shepherding the Economic Development Cluster’s priority reforms, and co-founded PAMPUBLIKO, a political discussion lab that seeks to reorient mainstream Philippine discourse away from personality politics and toward substantive policy discussion. Her personal political advocacy centers on the environment, the press, and sex work in the Philippines.

Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz