Stephanie Coo, known socially as “Typ Typ” Coo, is currently a Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellow at the Universidad de Granada in Spain. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in History from the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. She completed her PhD in History at the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis in Nice, France, having been unanimously conferred très honorable avec félicitations du jury, the highest distinction in the French university system. Her pioneering work was recognized for its outstanding scholarship and for providing new, original and decisive knowledge about Philippine colonial society while introducing innovative perspectives of analysis that can be applied to the study of colonial societies in general. Her book, Clothing the Colony: Nineteenth century Philippine Sartorial Culture, 1820-1898, is in press and will be released in August 2019.
A fourth-generation Philippine Chinese born in Negros island and educated in Manila, Beijing and Nice, she was Chair of the Internationalization Committee, Coordinator for Internationalization of the Loyola Schools (2018-2019) and Assistant Professor at the Department of History of the Ateneo de Manila University, where she has been teaching since 2002. She is also a member of the scientific committee of several projects in the Philippines and abroad.
Dr. Coo is the recipient of several awards and grants, including the 2018 Merit Research Awards from the Institute of Philippine Culture, with funding grants from the Ford Foundation. As an invited lecturer at, among others, Universidad de Granada in Spain, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Museu do Oriente in Portugal, Yale-NUS in Singapore and Busan University of Foreign Studies in South Korea, she has shared her knowledge and expertise on a wide range of topics including Colonial Clothing Culture, Clothing and Gender in Literature, Overseas Chinese and China’s Belt and Road Initiatives.
Dr. Coo’s leadership in various initiatives has opened pathways of cooperation between the Philippines and other nations through knowledge exchange and collaborative research projects. Having lived and trained at various times in her life in numerous countries, notably China and France, Tunisia, her work, travels and social engagements have been featured in newspapers and magazines such asL’Officiel Manila, The Manila Times, Diário de Notícias, etc.