Theodore S. Gonzalves is a scholar of comparative cultural studies, focusing on the experiences of Asian American / Filipino American communities. He has taught in the United States (California, Hawai'i, and Maryland), Spain, and the Philippines.
Theo is curator of Asian Pacific American history at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. Theo's term as the twenty-first president of the Association for Asian American Studies began in 2018.
Theo’s 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), and, with Roderick Labrador, Filipinos in Hawaii (2011).
In the field of performing arts, Theo served on the advisory board for Kumu Kahua Theatre in Honolulu and Bindlestiff Studio, a San Francisco performing arts venue; co-founded the artist-run recording label, Jeepney Dash Records; played keyboards for the Legendary Bobby Banduria; and toured extensively as the musical director for the theater troupe, tongue in A mood. Theo's musical work has been featured at concerts such as the Asian American Jazz Festival and performances at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He has also written, produced, and performed several scores for independent film projects.
Generous support for Theo's scholarly and creative works include a Meet the Composer Award, a Visiting Artist and Scholar fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (declined), a senior U.S. Fulbright scholar award, a Moeson fellowship at the Library of Congress, and a senior fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution.
Theo was associate professor of American Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. At UMBC, he also served as a department chairperson. He lives in Washington, D.C.