Terese Guinsatao Monberg

Associate Professor

Contact Info

Office: C230C Snyder Hall
Phone: 517-884-1324


PhD in Rhetoric, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
MS in Rhetoric, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
BA in Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Terese Guinsatao Monberg is a rhetorician interested in methods for locating, excavating, making public, and mobilizing the institutional memories of historically underrepresented groups, with a specific focus in Asian Pacific American and Filipina/o American rhetorical and historical legacies. More broadly, Terese’s work examines the recursive relationships between rhetoric and culture, history and social justice movements, collective identities and civic participation.

In addition to being on the faculty in the RCAH, Terese is a core faculty member in Rhetoric and Writing, and an affiliated faculty member in the Asian Pacific American (APA) Studies Specialization. Terese is currently working on a book-length project tracing the emergence of the community-based Filipino American National Historical Society in relationship to larger economic, social, and global changes impacting Filipino American communities after World War II. In a second and related project, she is looking at the role of “home” and place in designing civic engagement initiatives. Terese is a third-generation (mestiza/hapa/mixed race) Filipina American and among the first generation in her family to finish college. She grew up in Chicago.