Jan Padios

Jan Padios

Associate Professor of the American Studies Program, Chair of the Asian American Studies Program

Schapiro Hall Rm 214
At Williams since Fall 2020


B.A. Columbia University (2001)
M.A. New York University (2005)
Ph.D. New York University (2012)
M.F.A. Randolph College (2021)



New Works in Asian American Studies (not offered 2024/25)

Scholarship/Creative Work

Select Scholarly Publications

2018. A Nation on the Line: Call Centers as Postcolonial Predicaments in the Philippines. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.  (2020 Association for Asian American Studies Book Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Social Sciences)

2017. “Mining the Mind: Emotional Extraction, Productivity, and Predictability in the Twenty-First Century,” Cultural Studies 31, Iss. 2-3; DOI: 10.1080/09502386.2017.1303426

2018. “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, 149-169.

2014. “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, 359-381.

Select Other Publications

August 15, 2018 “Are Call Centers Rebranding the Philippines?Zócalo Public Square (Web).

2014. “Queer Confessions: Transgression, Affect, and National Crisis in the Philippines’ Call Center Industry,” Queer Sites and Sounds,” exhibit, Center for Art + Thought (Web).

Literary Publications 

October 2019. “Figuration in Renee Gladman’s Ravicka Quartet,” Construction (Web).

2019. “Parade Street,” Indiana Review 41.1 (Summer). (Runner-up, 1/2K Prize 2018)

Professional Affiliations

American Studies Association (ASA)

Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) (Current board member representing New England & Central and Eastern Canada)

Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)

Current Committees

  • Asian American Studies Program Advisory Committee, Chair
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies