katrina quisumbing king

Visiting Scholar


B.S. Biology and Sociology, Boston College
M.S. Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

katrina quisumbing king (surname: quisumbing king, pronounced kiss-uhm-bing king) is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include: the construction of race and nation, empire, welfare states, citizenship, and how scholars of race and immigration theorize domestic and foreign Others. In her dissertation, katrina explores how U.S. and Filipino state actors made decisions about the responsibilities of the United States to its colony, the Philippines. In particular, she focuses on the period leading up to and after World War II—a puzzling period of mobilization, war, and decolonization. She asks how state elites envisioned the belonging and deservingness of Filipino colonial subjects in relation to their U.S. military service, racial eligibility, and U.S. definitions of territoriality. She argues that through a state strategy of ambiguity, U.S. elites were able to first incorporate, make promises to, and eventually expel Filipinos from the promises of social citizenship. Thus, katrina offers an account of unfulfilled expectations and broken promises. Her dissertation research has been supported by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship in Tagalog, the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Institute, among others.

While at UW-Madison, katrina served on her department’s Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee, working to increase the ethno-racial diversity in the faculty and student body.  She also designed and lectured and upper-level undergraduate course on Race and Ethnicity. This discussion-based course is an introduction to the sociological study of racial projects, including how racial categories are constructed through the census, the material consequences of citizenship, segregation, and mass incarceration. Students explore how the state actors, elites, academics, and social movement actors construct and contest racial categories. The goal of the course is to give students tools to think with and a language to talk about race & racial conflict.