Grad Students

Nerve Macaspac

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Fields of Study

Human Geography, Political Economy, Anthropology, Indigeneity, Civil War, Human Rights, Southeast Asian Studies, Philippine Studies


I am interested on social processes in the context of a civil war. Through an ethnography of indigenous peoples' communities under a "permanent war" - communities that historically have been engaged in wars of self-determination and are currently engaged in a civil war, I hope to understand the nuances of everyday violence, war as norm/peacetime as an exception, wartime legacies, and how war shapes affect. 

My Masters Thesis explored the historical basis of the elimination of indigenous peoples in the Philippines post-9/11. Engaging David P. Barrow's handwritten ethnographic field notes, official letters and personal correspondences between 1900 and 1909 regarding the indigenous peoples in the Philippines, I explored the historical roots of identity construction of indigenous peoples as the violent Other. I also explored the connections of the process of Othering to state legibility, territoriality and everyday violence, and how these dynamics shape the institutional violence toward indigenous peoples as manifested under the counter-terrorist strategy of the Philippine state post-9/11, which identified indigenous peoples as its main target. 


M.A. Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley,B.A. Education, University of the Philippines, Diliman


M.A. THESIS: "Naming the Enemy - Deaths, Disappearance and Displacement in the Cordillera Administrative Region under the Philippine Counter-Terrorist Strategy from 2002-2010" 

PUBLICATION: "In Search of Justice: A Population-based Survey on the Participation of Cambodian-Americans in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal." (co-authored). 2011. Berkeley: University of California.