Jan M. Padios

Associate Professor

Dr. Padios is an Associate Professor of American Studies and affiliate faculty in Women’s Studies and the Asian American Studies Program. Her research interests are in work and labor; race, gender, and sexuality; media, culture, communication, and technology; and histories of capitalism and colonialism. An interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Padios uses a range of methods in her research–including and especially ethnography–and she engages theories from the humanities and interpretive social sciences. 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.

Dr. Padios is also the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including the UMD Graduate School’s Summer 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. Dr. Padios presents regularly at conferences in American studies, Asian American studies, cultural studies, and anthropology. At UMD, her courses reach students through the Department of American Studies, Asian American Studies, Immigration Studies, the General Education’s I-Series, and the Honors College. Her service to the university, college, and department include the University Senate, ARHU’s Collegiate Council, ARHU’s Committee on Program, Courses, and Curricula, and the Institutional Review Board, for which Dr. Padios is the department liaison.

Research Areas

  • Affect/emotion
  • Consumer culture
  • Ethnography
  • Global South
  • Globalization and transnationalism
  • History of capitalism
  • Work/Labor
  • Media, Communication, and Technology
  • Political Economy
  • Race, Gender, Sexuality


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

Select Publications

  • “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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