Hello! I am Enrico Joaquin "Joaquin" Lapuz, the Web-Content Coordinator for Humanities Across Borders. I am in charge of writing and reviewing content submitted to the HAB website, as well as helping the rest of the team facilitate communication between IIAS and the HAB partners.
Prior to moving to the Netherlands, I was a bachelor's student at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, majoring in history. I continued that into my graduate studies, completing my Master's in Colonial & Global History at Leiden University in February 2023.
Regarding research, my interests focus on the colonial legacy of the Philippines, looking at the American colonial period of 1898 to 1943, and the Japanese occupation from 1943 to 1945. My bachelor's thesis discussed the intellectual and moral development of former president Jose P. Laurel and his controversial legacy in Philippine history as a Philippine nationalist and Japanese collaborator, while my master's thesis looks for a reevaluation of exhibition photographs of indigenous Filipinos during the 1904 Louisiana World's Fair.