Sy, Nicholas Michael C.
Nicholas.chow.sy@gmail.com
09175839255
By appointment: TTH 8 to 930 am and 2 to 5pm, Fridays 1030 to 1130am

Nicholas Sy is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Department of History. In 2017 he received his Master’s degree in History at the Ateneo de Manila University. For his MA thesis, Nicholas presented a quantitative challenge to the common notion that colonial era political elites primarily married within their own social circle.

A. EDUCATION (Most recent degree first)
  • Name of school
    Ateneo de Manila University
    Degree w/ year attained/expected to attain
    Master of Arts, Major in History (2017)
    Dissertation/Thesis Title
    Did municipal elites intermarry? A case study of marriage practices among the political elites of san pablo, laguna, 1853–1854
  • Name of school
    Ateneo de Manila University
    Degree w/ year attained/expected to attain
    Bachelor of Arts, Major in History (2010)
    Minor in Hispanic Studies
    Dissertation/Thesis Title
    Re-depiction and Replacement, How Seventeenth Century Jesuit Missionaries to the Marianas Addressed Native Beliefs
B. RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Church history
  • Demographic history
  • Quantitative approaches to history
  • Individual ambition during the colonial era
C. PUBLICATIONS

2017

  • co-authored with Filomeno V. Aguilar Jr. Horacio de la Costa, foreign missionaries, and the quest for Filipinization: The church in the age of decolonization. In Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints 65(3): 267–314.

2016

  • San Pablo’s history of wine and oil: Four narratives taken from archival manuscripts. In History of San Pablo: Reviewed, Rewritten, and Retold, ed. Francis Gealogo, 17–39. Manila: CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions.
  • Responsibility and relevance: Why are Rizal, Mabini, and Bonifacio still relevant to today? In A Sense of Nation. Manila: National Historical Commission.

2014

  • Beyond Golan: Filipino global soldiers in the eyes of history Rappler (Nation), 9 Sept. http://www.rappler.com/nation/68556- filipino-global-soldiers-history
  • The coldest place in the library (Essay). National Library of the Philippines Newsletter (Front Page), vol. 6(1): Jan. – Mar: 1, 5. [Essay on the National Library’s microfilm holdings]
  • Living with change. Laging Handa Homeowners Association Mail, vol. 4(1): Jun.

2012

  • St. Pedro Calungsod: Young man in active duty. Philippine Daily Inquirer (Headlines, Nation), 28 Oct.: A1, A8. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/296856/st-calungsod-saintly-arm-couldbe-dangerous
D. FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
  • DELE Level B2, Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language, awarded by Instituto Cervantes, Manila
  • Thesis Grant, (Jul. 2017 – Dec. 2017) awarded by Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund, Tokyo Foundation
  • 2016 TWSC Writeshop Fellow, Third World Studies Center, University of the Philippines
  • Travel Assistance Grant (2013) to present at the 2 nd Marianas History Conference, University of Guam, awarded by the Dean’s Office, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Travel Assistance Grant (August 2013) to present at the 2 nd Marianas History Conference, University of Guam, awarded by the Philippine Social Sciences Council
  • Research Grant, (Nov. 17, 2011 – Sept. 17, 2010), awarded by Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation, Spanish Ministry of Culture
E. PRESENTATIONS
  • Conditional Encounters: Marriage patterns of the political elite in San Pablo, Laguna, 1853–1854, at the 2017 42nd Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Did the local elite intermarry?: Measuring endogamy among the political elite in San Pablo, Laguna, 1853–1854, at the 2017 15th Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day Conference, University of the Philippines
  • Demographic history and conditional encounters: The midnineteenth century marriage market of San Pablo, Laguna, at the 2017 Philippine Population Association Annual Scientific Conference, Silliman University
  • Junctures: Internal mobility towards regional integration, and information exchange around mid-colonial Southern Tagalog, at the 2016 10th International Conference on Philippine Studies, Silliman University
  • Creators of the colonial material world: 17th century indios Filipinos in the Pacific, at the 2014 12th Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day Conference, University of the Philippines
  • Demons described, demons discredited: How the 17th century Jesuit missionaries to the Marianas addressed indigenous beliefs, at the 2 nd Marianas History Conference, University of Guam
F. TEACHING
  • KAS 1
G. EXTENSION
  • Remains of a Dictatorship: An International Conference on the Philippines under Marcos, organized by Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints (As a member of Conference Secretariat, 3–4 Aug. 2017, Novotel, Cubao).
  • Employer: Taylor Nelson Sofres, Philippines (TNS) (May 2013 – May 2012)
  • Employer: National Historical Commission of the Philippines (Nov. 30, 2010 – Jun. 1, 2010)