Christine Bacareza Balance (Ph.D., Performance Studies, NYU) is Associate Professor of Performing & Media Arts and Asian American Studies. Her 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: a feminist journal, Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS), Women's Studies Quarterly (WSQ), and Theatre Journal. Her first book, Tropical Renditions: Making Musical Scenes in Filipino America (Duke University Press, 2016), examines how the performance and reception of post-World War II Filipino/Filipino American popular music compose Filipino identities, publics, and politics. 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. In 2017, she was awarded a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Engaged Humanities grant for a multi-site, multi-program public partnership with Visual Communications (VC), a Los Angeles-based Asian American media arts organization, to digitally preserve archival materials and present public programs that document the history of Philippine martial law and its impact upon Los Angeles-based communities.
Balance’s research has been supported by the Consortium for Faculty Diversity (CFD), UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (UCPPFP), and the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Program. During the 2014-2015 academic year, she was a Society for the Humanities fellow. From 2003-2006, she previously served as a Research Consultant for the Ford Foundation’s Arts & Culture Program, an Events Associate in NYU’s Asian/Pacific American Studies Program, and Editorial Assistant to writer Jessica Hagedorn on the literary anthology Charlie Chan is Dead 2: At Home in the World (Penguin, 2004).
Balance continues to collaborate with Prof. Lucy San Pablo Burns (UCLA) on the anthology, California Dreaming: Movement & Place in the Asian American Imaginary (University of Hawai’i Press, forthcoming). 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.
Popular music studies
Transnational Asian American studies
Critical Filipino/Filipino American studies