Jonathan Victor Baldoza

Graduate Student

I study the history of maritime Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines under Spain and the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I’m primarily interested in knowledge-making techniques and practices under empire, across a variety of fields including anthropology, law, geography, linguistics, and other constituent domains of what we now consider the human and social sciences.

My dissertation, Making Filipiniana, examines the systematic creation and building of a scientific corpus of knowledge about the Philippine archipelago and its inhabitants. In particular, I explore how colonial state agencies like the Bureau of Science, the Bureau of Education, and the Bureau of Non-Christian Tribes directed the collection, classification, and analysis of a plethora of materials to conceptualize and stage empirical constructions of Philippine prehistory, culture, and nationality.

Before coming to Princeton, I earned an MA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA from the University of the Philippines, where I studied history and comparative literature. My research has been published in Archipel and Philippine Studies, while reviews and other occasional pieces have appeared in Social Science Diliman, Budhi, and Rappler.

Selected Publications

The Panditas of the Philippines, 17th - Early 20th Centuries,” Archipel 103 (2022): 127-156.

Under the Aegis of Science: The Philippine Scientific Community Before the Second World War,” Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints 68, no. 1 (2020): 83-110.

Year of Study
Fourth Year
Area of Interest
Colonialism & Post Colonialism
History of Archives
Labor History
Legal History
Home Department & Other Affiliations
19th Century
20th Century
Pacific and Oceania
United States