The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, is pleased to welcome Theodore Gonzalves, curator for the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC, as the newest member of its Board of Directors.

Gonzalves, a scholar in comparative cultural studies, was elected to the board on April 29, 2022, and his term will commence immediately.

In addition to his role with the National Museum of American History, Gonzalves currently serves on the editorial board of Amerasia Journal and is a founding editorial board member of Alon: Journal for Filipinx American and Diasporic Studies. His own publications include Stage Presence: Conversations with Filipino American Performing Artists (2007); The Day the Dancers Stayed: Performing in the Filipino/American Diaspora (2009); Carlos Villa and the Integrity of Spaces (2011); Filipinos in Hawaiʻi (2011), which he co-authored with Roderick N. Labrador; and Gossip, Sex, and the End of the World: Collected Works of tongue in A mood (2021), co-edited with A. Samson Manalo. Support for his work includes a senior Fulbright U.S. Scholar award, and senior fellowships at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gonzalves has also served as interim director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the twenty-first president of the Association for Asian American Studies. He was also associate professor of American Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he also served as a department chairperson.

During its April 2022 session, the ACLS Board of Directors also elected Jimena Canales, award-winning author and scholar in the history of science in the modern world and faculty member at the Graduate College at the University of Illinois-Urbana, Champaign, as Vice-Chair for a three-year term; and re-elected Frances Daly Fergusson for a four-year board term.

Suzanne Preston Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University and delegate for the College Art Association, was also elected Chair of the ACLS Executive Committee of the Delegates and will serve as an ex officio member of the Board of Directors.

Learn more about the ACLS Board of Directors and the organization’s structure and governance.