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Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Adrian De Leon is a historian, poet, and fiction writer at the University of Southern California. At USC, he is an Assistant Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity, and holds affiliations with the Center for Transpacific Studies and the East Asian Studies Center. He teaches courses on Asian American history, literature, and politics.

Through native and migrant Filipinos in the Philippines and North America, Dr. De Leon's research program investigates the effects of colonial industries in how migrant workers communicate their sense of belonging in ethnic communities. He has also written about urban politics and ethnic entrepreneurship, and local arts and politics in his hometown of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. His books include: Rouge (2018), FEEL WAYS: A Scarborough Anthology (2020), and barangay (forthcoming 2021).


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California


  • 2019 
    University of Toronto, PhD in History