Jan M. Padios

Associate Professor

Dr. Padios is an Associate Professor of American Studies and the department’s Director of Graduate Studies. She is also affiliate faculty in Women’s Studies and the Asian American Studies Program. Her first book, A Nation on the Line: Call Centers as Postcolonial Predicaments in the Philippines was published by Duke University Press in March 2018. Her current research looks at the intersection of technology, science, media, and emotion. She is also a writer and poet. Dr. Padios’s academic and creative work has been published by Cultural Studies, The Center for Art + Thought, Kunsthall Trondheim, Zócalo Public Square, and Indiana Review (forthcoming). Dr. Padios is the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and awards, including the UMD Graduate School’s Research and Scholarship Award (RASA), a Qualitative Seed Grant from UMD’s Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity, the New York University Torch Fellowship, and a Mellon Dissertation Writing Fellowship in the Humanities.

Research Areas

  • Affect/emotion
  • Racial Capitalism
  • U.S. Empire
  • Ethnography
  • Global South
  • Globalization and transnationalism
  • Work/Labor
  • Media, Communication, and Technology
  • Race, Gender, Sexuality


  • Ph.D., American Studies (New York University)
  • M.A., American Studies (New York University)
  • B.A., Architecture (Columbia University)

Select Publications

  • “Emotional Extraction: Feeling, Power, and Knowledge in the Digital Age,” Rivers of Emotion, Bodies of Ore (Kunsthall Trondheim, 2018), pp. 98-107.
  • “Exceptionalism as a Way of Life: U.S. Empire, Filipino Subjectivity, and the Global Call Center Industry,” in Ethnographies of U.S. Empire. Carole McGranahan and John Collins, eds. (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018), pp. 149-172.
  • “Mining the Mind: Emotional Extraction, Productivity, and Predictability in the Twenty-First Century,” Cultural Studies. Laura Junka-Aikio and Catalina Cortes-Severino, eds. 10.1080/09502386.2017.1303426
  • “Not Like a Native Speaker: On Languaging as Postcolonial Experience” (Book Review), Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 49, No. 3 (December), 2016.
  • “Can You Hear Us Now? Ringtones and Politics in the Contemporary Philippines”, The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music and Sound Studies, Jason Stanyek and Sumanth Gopinath, eds Vol. 1, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 359-381.
  • “Queer Confessions: Transgression, Affect, and National Crisis in the Philippines’ Call Center Industry”, “Queer Sites and Sounds,” exhibit, Center for Art + Thought (Web, 2014).
  • “The Filipino Call Center Agent”, Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity, Joshua Barker, Eric Harms, and Johan Lindquist, eds (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2013), pp. 38-40.
  • “Dial ‘C’ for Culture: Telecommunications, Gender, and the Transnational Migrant Market”, Circuits of Visibility: Transnational Media Cultures and Gendered Formations, Radha Hegde, ed. (New York: New York University Press, 2011), pp. 212-230.


  • “Exceptionalism as a Way of Life: U.S. Empire, Filipino Subjectivity, and the Global Call Center Industry,” in Ethnographies of U.S. Empire. Carole McGranahan and John Collins, eds. (Durham, NC: Duke University Press).
Jan M. Padios
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