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Emilie Santos Tumale

Sociology of Education PhD Student

Emilie Santos Tumale


ASH Program: Sociology of Education

Research Interests: ethnic identity development, model minority myth, student organizations, Filipino American college students

Principal Advisor(s): Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng, L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy, Mercy Agyepong

Dissertation Title: “Filipino American College Student Perspectives on Race and Meritocracy in Metropolitan New York”

Research Description/Bio: 

Emilie S. Tumale is a Ph.D Candidate in Sociology of Education at NYU Steinhardt.  Hailing from the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles county, she has been eager to learn more about the Asian American community in the New York Metropolitan area. With her involvement in various Filipino American organizations in NYC, Emilie is particularly interested in further understanding how Filipino American college students conceptualize their ethnic identity in relation to their geographic contexts.  She received her MA in Asian American studies from UCLA, where she taught courses on the Asian American Movement and the History of Asian Americans. Before attending NYU, she worked as a peer mentor for community college students pursuing STEM degrees. She also received her BA in Asian American Studies (Pilipino Studies concentration) with a minor in Education at UCLA.

Selected Publications and Presentations:


Tumale, E.S. (2020, July 10). Bagong Bayani and COVID-19 Heroes: Philippine Labor Export as Femicide. Plan A Magazine

Tumale, E.S. (2020, June 15). From Manongs to Pinay Domestic Workers: The Changing Face of Filipino Migration to the US. Plan A Magazine

Tumale, E.S. (2019). On Being Mixed-Race in a Mestizo-Dominated Community: The Ethnic Identity of Multiethnic Filipino Americans. In R.C. Romero, J. Ong, C. Guillermo-Wan, & J. Logia (Eds.), Mixed Race Student Politics: The “Third Wave” Movement at UCLA. Los Angeles: UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press.



Deconstructing “Filipinoness”: New York Filipinx College Student Perspectives on Ethnic and Regional Identity, Association for Asian American Studies Virtual Conference, April 9, 2021.

“But We’re Not Viewed as Asian”: Filipino American College Student Perspectives on Race and Meritocracy in Metropolitan New York [webinar], Filipino American National Historical Society – Metropolitan New York Chapter’s Merienda Meetup (Research Symposium), New York City, May 31, 2020.

Listening for the East Coast Pinay’s Voice: An Application of the Listening Guide Method of Psychological Inquiry, Pinay Power II Conference: Celebrating Peminisms in the Diaspora, Montreal, April 18, 2019.

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