Resto Cruz is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, where he also completed his PhD in 2017. Originally a specialist on kinship, personhood, social mobility, and Southeast Asia, his interests now also include Great Britain, birth cohort studies and life course epidemiology, and archives and data. For his PhD, he examined how kinship ties (especially parent-child relations and ties of siblingship) enabled upward social mobility in post-1945 Philippines, but were transformed by the very processes that they engendered. Based on 14 months of ethnographic and archival research, it contributes to wider scholarship on the generative powers of kinship and personhood, as well as their complex and ambivalent character. It was supported by a Wadsworth International Fellowship from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.
Kinship and relatedness, social mobility, life course research, Intergenerational relations, personhood, personal lives, Archives, Data Studies, Philippines, Southeast Asia, Britain, Youth, ageing, Inequality, class, bioinformation
I am keen on supervising students with projects related to any of my research interests, especially those working on Southeast Asia and the UK.
My current PhD students are:
Victoria Amos (co-supervised with Magnus Course)
Chandreyee Goswami (co-supervised with Janet Carsten)
If you are interested in being supervised by Resto Cruz, please see the links below (open in new windows)for more information:
Cruz R. Siblingship beyond siblings? Cousins and the shadows of social mobility in the central Philippines. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 2020 Jun 30;26(2):321-342. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9655.13250
Cruz R. An inheritance that cannot be stolen: Schooling, kinship, and personhood in post-1945 Central Philippines. Comparative Studies in Society and History. 2019 Oct;61(4):894-924. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0010417519000240
Cruz I R. Figures of migration: Gender, kinship, and the politics of representation. Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints. 2012 Dec 31;60(4):513-554. https://doi.org/10.1353/phs.2012.0039