Victoria Reyes earned her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University in 2015. Her research focuses on how culture shapes global inequality. More specifically, Reyes examines relationships between sovereignty, identities, and power, looking closely at two areas: the dynamics of what she calls “global borderlands,” or semi-autonomous places of foreign control and international exchange (think overseas military bases, special economic zones, tourist resorts, international branch campuses, embassies, and cruise ships), and the production of cultural wealth, or how myths, reputations, and symbols of countries shape economies within them.
Her work has been published in Ethnography, Theory and Society, City & Community, Poetics, and International Journal of Comparative Sociology, among other outlets. She has also written about U.S.-Philippine ties for the Monkey Cage at the Washington Post, and about master’s- and doctorate-level academic success for Inside Higher Ed.
On Philippine Politics
Reyes can speak on Philippine politics, particularly as it relates to U.S.-Philippine military relations, military agreements, and what political scientist Alexander Cooley (2008) calls “base politics,” or the international and domestic politics around military bases. She can also discuss how people understand the roles of special economic zones and military bases in their communities.
On Globalization and Inequality
Reyes can comment on a wide range of topics related to globalization, inequality, and culture. Some of these topics include inequalities related to travel, the distribution of U.N. World Heritage Sites, cultural dimensions of empire, and how people understand and make meaning out of interactions and relationships with foreigners and foreign goods and services.