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Sarita See
University of California - Riverside

Media & Cultural Studies

Dr. See’s research and teaching interests range across the interdisciplines of empire and postcolonial studies and critical race studies as well as theories of gender and sexuality, narrative, and minoritized art, media, and performance. In her current book-length project “Against Accumulation,” an interdisciplinary study of epistemological, economic, and aesthetic politics, she juxtaposes an analysis of Marx’s concept of primitive accumulation with that of the phenomenon of accumulating the primitive—the barbarian, the uncivilized, the savage—by focusing on the representation of the Filipino in imperial museum collections as well as in Filipino American theatre, writing, and art. She is founder and executive director of the non-profit, web-based organization called the Center for Art and Thought, which launched its website in August 2013 in partnership with the UX design firm Behavior Design. She is the author of The Decolonized Eye: Filipino American Art and Performance (U of Minnesota Press, 2009).


Columbia University, New York — Ph.D.
Department of English and Comparative Literature, 2001.
Columbia University, New York — M.A.
Department of English and Comparative Literature, 1994.
University of California, Berkeley — B.A. English, high honors, 1991.