About

Dr. Perillo is currently Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance and affiliated faculty with the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Center for Philippine Studies, and Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He has taught at the University of California Berkeley, University of California Los Angeles, California State University Dominguez Hills, University of Illinois Chicago, and Cornell University.

His work as an interdisciplinary cultural studies scholar is grounded within the indigenous Filipino concept of kapwa which translates imperfectly to ‘self-in-other’ and ‘together with the person’. In this way, he focuses on bridging Dance, Theatre, and Performance Studies with Critical Race, Ethnic, Feminist, and Indigenous Studies,  while broadening the types of knowledge established within these fields.

 

Inspiration

Dr. Perillo earned his Ph.D. in Culture and Performance and Concentration in Asian American Studies at UCLA. He also holds a M.A. degree in American Studies and Graduate Certificate in International Cultural Studies from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His intersectional and interdisciplinary research interests include dance and performance studies; race and racialization; Filipinx and transnational Asian American identities; popular culture and indigenous studies; (im)migration, gender, and sexuality; and queer of color and feminist theories and methodologies. He draws inspiration from legendary icons like Sylvia Rivera, Larry Itliong, Audre Lorde, Haunani-Kay Trask, and Naomi Klein. 

Impact

In 2013, his essay “‘If I Were Not in Prison, I Would Not Be Famous’: Discipline, Choreography, and Mimicry in the Philippines,” was recognized by the Society of Dance History Scholars with the prestigious Gertrude Lippincott Award, an annual award for the best English-language article in Dance Studies. His research has also received funding by the American Society for Theatre Research, Asian Cultural Council, Ford Foundation, Foreign Language Area Studies, Fulbright Group Projects, and Fulbright-Hays Foundation. In 2019, he received the campus-wide Teaching Recognition Program Award for teaching excellence at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was also a faculty fellow with the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP). At UH Mānoa he serves as a Search Advocate to enhance diversity, validity, and equity in university faculty searches and selection. 

Innovation

Dr. Perillo is a Fulbright scholar who utilized bilingual ethnography, choreographic analysis, and community engagement with over 80 key artists and organizers of Hip Hop for his new book, Choreographing in Color: Filipinos, Hip-hop, and the Cultural Politics of Euphemism (Oxford University Press 2020). The book is the first scholarly analysis of Black cultural expression in relation to Filipino racialization. His other research is featured in Amerasia JournalTheatre JournalInternational Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies, and Hip-hop(e): The Cultural Practice and Critical Pedagogy of International Hip-Hop.