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Christine Bacareza Balance

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Associate Professor, Performing and Media Arts and Asian American Studies

Christine Bacareza Balance's writings on former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos, Asian American YouTube artists, Bruno Mars, Glee’s karaoke aesthetics, and spree killer Andrew Cunanan have been published in Women and Performance, Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS)Women's Studies Quarterly (WSQ), and Theatre Journal. Her current book project, Making Sense of Martial Law, analyzes how the former President Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda Marcos employed the sensorial and sensational during their 21-year dictatorial rule, and how U.S.- and Philippines-based performances, events, and cultural objects critique the “Marcosian imaginary,” modeling new forms of cultural memory.

She is a board member of KulArts, a Bay Area-based traditional and contemporary Filipino arts organization, and one-eighth of the New York-based indie rock band The Jack Lords Orchestra. Balance was a 2022–23 Global Public Voices fellow.

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  • Faculty
  • SEAP Core Faculty
    • Global Public Voices Fellow 2022-23