Linda España-Maram (Ph.D., History, UCLA) is a professor in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies where she regularly teaches ASAM 120: Asian American History. She is an affiliated faculty member in the American Studies program where she teaches AMST 300: Introduction to American Studies, AMST 350I: California Culture, and a new course, AMST 310: Foodways in Contemporary America. She also teaches selected courses in HIST.
Her area of research includes race, popular culture practices, and Filipino/Filipino American Studies. Her book, Creating Masculinity in Los Angeles’s Little Manila: Working-Class Filipinos and Popular Culture, 1920s-1950s (Columbia University Press, 2006) was awarded the “Best Book in History” from the Association for Asian American Studies. She is currently working on a manuscript, “He Ain’t Heavy (Weight): Filipinos, Boxing, and the Lower-Weight Divisions, 1920s-1940s” to center the ways in which issues of race, class, and gender among Filipinos and other ethnic boxers are played out in the ring beyond the heavyweight division, where African Americans tend to dominate the pool of pugilists of color. Dr. España-Maram argues that examining bouts in the lower-weight divisions of the “manly art,” where Filipinos, Latinos, and some African Americans fought, provide more diverse narratives of negotiating racialized working-class heterosexual masculinities among aggrieved populations beyond the black/white paradigm.