Paul Michael (Mike) Leonardo Atienza
scholar, Performer, and Humanist in Champaign, Illinois
Mike is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His theoretical vantage puts in conversation feminist and postcolonial technoscience, queer of color critique, and global asia/america towards the study of the online and offline lives of queer Filipino men and their investments in finding intimate connections through mobile digital media platforms. These platforms include dating apps, social media, and messaging software systems. At UIUC, Mike completed an M.A. in anthropolopy in addition to a graduate certificate in Gender and Women's Studies. He is also affiliated with the Department of Asian American Studies.
In addition to his scholarly work, Mike sings with keroncong performers Orkes Pantai Barat (West Coast Orchestra). Find us on YouTube or click here for our most viewed video: Lady Gaga Cover. He also collaborates with performance artist Ma. Arte Susya Purisima Tolentino.