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AAC Fellows: Dr. Theodore S. Gonzalves

Join us for our first AAC Fellow Visit this year on Thursday, Oct. 28th at 7:00 p.m. at [location TBD].

Theodore S. Gonzalves is a scholar of comparative cultural studies. Theo is curator of Asian Pacific American History at the National Museum of American History and is currently serving as interim director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. 

Theo’s publications include Stage Presence: Conversations with Filipino American Performing ArtistsThe Day the Dancers Stayed: Performing in the Filipino/American DiasporaCarlos Villa and the Integrity of Spaces, and Filipinos in Hawaiʻi. He is currently serving on the editorial board of Amerasia Journal and is a founding editorial board member of Alon: Journal for Filipinx American and Diasporic Studies. 

Theo co-founded the artist-run recording label, Jeepney Dash Records; played keyboards for Bobby Banduria; and served as the musical director for the tongue in A mood Theatre. He has also written, produced, and performed several scores for independent film projects. 

Generous support for Theo’s scholarly and creative works include recognition as a senior Fulbright Scholar, a Moeson fellow at the Library of Congress, a senior fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, and a Meet the Composer Awardee. 

Theo served as the twenty-first president of the Association for Asian American Studies. He lives in Washington, D.C. 



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