Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza MA
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 Guys4men.com--once 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.
- 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