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Dr. Allan E. S. Lumba, History

Assistant Professor, History

Dr. Allan E. S.  Lumba, History
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext.


Allan E. S. Lumba is a cultural and social historian of Asia and the Pacific. He engages questions of racial capitalism, imperialism, and decolonization. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of Washington. His book, Monetary Authorities: Capitalism and Decolonization in the American Colonial Philippines, charts the historical intersections and tensions between race, knowledge, sovereignty, and the capitalist market in the United States and the Philippines.

He is currently at work on two projects. The first is a history of anti-Asian violence and anti-radicalism in the extractive industries of the Pacific Northwest (of North America) from the Long Depression to the Great Depression. The second is an infrastructural history of sinking cities around Asia and the Pacific. He has published articles and chapters in the journal, Diplomatic History, and editorial collections, such as A Cultural History of Money and Credit: A Global Perspective and The Gilded Age and Progressive Era: Making of Modern America. Previously, he served as Global American Studies postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Charles Warren Center (2013 - 2015), Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan (2015 - 2018), and assistant professor at Virginia Tech. He is the past recipient of numerous research support including the Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Grant, Foreign Language Areas Studies Fellowships, and multiple university grants and fellowships from the University of Washington and Virginia Tech. He has also served as resident fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago and University of Michigan's Bentley Library.

Teaching activities


I teach classes on racial capitalism, colonialism and imperialism, decolonization and other social movements. My classes mainly focus on Philippine, Southeast Asian, Pacific, North American, Asian American, and global history. 


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