Graduate Assistants/Graduate Students

Anthonie Tumpag

B.S.W/BS Sociology, 2012 - Middle Tennessee State University

Academic Biography:

Q. Where is your study area located? Cultural Anthropology

Q. What is your focus of research? Aboriginal Taiwan, Insular Southeast ASia, Austronesian Diaspora

Q.Why did you choose NIU? NIU's strong Southeast Asian Studies focus. I love the library's SEA Section. I feel like i'm in heaven every time I walk through its aisles.

Q. Who is your advisor? Dr. Judy Ledgerwood. She is very knowledgeable about SEA and has many great affiliations. I hope to learn much from her.

Q. What advice would you like to share with incoming students? Never give up on your dreams. Find the strength within yourself and presevere despite your obstacles. Also, remember that there are wonderful people in this world who will come into your life like shelter from your storms and offere mentorship, friendship, and other simple acts of kindness to keep you encouraged on your path to greatness!!

Research Projects:

  • Ronald E. McNair Scholar Program:
    • Philippines: A Broad Survey of Pre-Colonial and Early Colonial Times.
    • A Discourse on the Clashing of Gender Performance Across Various Eastern and Western Cultures: A Literature Review
    • Investigation MTSU STudents of Mixed-Filipino Ancestry and affiliation to the Filipino identity
    • I am very grateful because this program gave me the opportunity to present research at several events from India to Hawaii as well as continental USA