Bobby Benedicto

Bobby Benedicto received his BA in Political Science from Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines), his MA in Political Science from York University (Toronto), and his PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Melbourne (Australia) for his dissertation, Bright Lights, Gay Globality: Mobility, Class, and Gay Life in Twenty-first Century Manila.  Prior to coming to McGill, he was an Assistant Professor at Ateneo de Manila University, and then held a postdoctoral fellowship at the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry. Dr. Benedicto’s research is located at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary and transnational inquiry in sexuality studies, gender studies, urban studies and media and cultural studies. His book, Under Bright Lights: Gay Manila and the Global Scene (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming), will make a major contribution to scholarship on urban transformation and the role that queer-identified cultures play in the re-construction of postcolonial cities, particularly in post-revolutionary contexts. While at McGill, he will work with Professor Carrie Rentschler and will continue to work on his second book, Queer Afterlives: Dictatorship Architecture, Transgender Performance, and the Place of the Dead.