Neferti X. M. Tadiar

Neferti X. M. Tadiar

Department of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies



Professor and Chair of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Faculty Profile

Academic Focus: 
Critical Social and Cultural Theory
Transnational and Third World Feminisms
Postcolonial Theory
Philippine/Filipino literature and culture


Neferti Xina M. Tadiar joined the faculty of Barnard in 2006, after teaching in the Department of History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz for nine years. Her academic interests include transnational and third world feminisms; postcolonial and Marxist theory; critical theories of race and subjectivity; literary and social theory; cultural studies of the Asia Pacific region; and Philippine studies.

Professor Tadiar's work examines the role of cultural practice and social imagination in the production of wealth, power, marginality, and liberatory movements in the context of global relations. Her research focuses on contemporary Philippine and Filipino cultures and their relation to political and economic change, while addressing broader issues of gender, race, and sexuality in the discourses and material practices of nationalism, transnationalism, and globalization.

Professor Tadiar is working on two book projects: Present Senses: Aesthetic Politics and Asia in the Global (with Jonathan L. Beller) and Remaindered Life: Becoming Human in a Time of War

She is the author of Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization (2009) and Fantasy-Production: Sexual Economies and Other Philippine Consequences for the New World Order (2004), which was awarded the Philippine National Book Award in Cultural Criticism for 2005.

Professor Tadiar is co-Editor of the international cultural studies journal, Social Text.