Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza MA

 Paul Michael Atienza

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Department of Anthropology
607 S Mathews Ave.
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801
doctoral candidate
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Paul Michael (Mike) Leonardo Atienza is a doctoral candidate of anthropology with a graduate minor in gender and women's studies. Mike's current research interests are on queer intimacies among Philippine migrant workers focusing on media ideologies, communicative strategies, and space/time in relation to mobile phone apps.  

One of the first to receive a masters of arts degree in Southeast Asian studies at the University of California, Riverside's SEATRiP program (Southeast Asia: Text, Ritual, Performance), his thesis project was a webnography of user profiles and chat room communities in the most trafficked social networking site for men seeking other men in the Philippines. A classically-trained tenor, Mike is one of the original vocalists for the California-based keroncong musical group, Orkes Pantai Barat.  

Collaborator with performance artist Aloha Tolentino, who uses the form of drag to examine media representations and discourse of Filipina/os. Tolentino interrogates in/visible Filipina/o/x embodiments that inform the artist's notions of femininity, mother/land, and the trans/migrant self.

Research Interests

  • digital media
  • genders and sexualities
  • Philippine diasporas
  • Southeast Asian/American Studies
  • performance studies
  • feminist technoscience
  • mass mediated communication
  • affects, feelings, senses
  • US empire


  • 2015 MA anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2010 MA Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Riverside
  • 2002 BA music and English, cum laude, University of California, Riverside