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Benedito, Roberto

Benedito, Roberto

Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor
History, Philosophy and Anthropology

Phone: 718-262-5286
Office Location: AC-3D04

Office Hours  
Mondays  9-11 AM 


Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  University At Buffalo, SUNY at Buffalo  Anthropology  1994 
MA  University At Buffalo, SUNY at Buffalo  Anthropology  1989 
JD  College of Law, University of the Philippines  Law  1985 

Roberto M. Benedito is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Philosophy and Anthropology. He is the Coordinator of the Cultural Diversity Program and Anthropology .  He is a lawyer with a Ph. D. in Anthropology (SUNY at Buffalo).  He is a current member of the Undergraduate Research Advisory Council and the York College Common Reader Committee.  

Benedito's research deals with law, culture and anthropology.  His area specialty is Southeast Asia particulary the Philippines, where worked as a lawyer and human rights advocate.  He has studied law, culture and legal consciousness among indigenous peoples of the Philippines.  He has published articles on the impact of state and international law on indigenous peoples rights specifically their ownership to ancestral land.  A common theme in his research is the significance of cultural practice in law and legal institutions. 



Areas of Expertise

Law and Anthropology
Human Rights
Indigenous Peoples' Rights
South East Asia

Books in Field Of Expertise

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Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Roberto Benedito. "The Emerging International Standard on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Issues and Implications for Mission Work in Third World Countries." Missiology: An International Review. Vol. XXIV, No.2 April 1996: .

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Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" A Comparative Study of Impeachment Proceedings in Nigeria and the Philippines " May 7, 2019: Keynote Speaker, Initiation Ceremony of The Tau Lambda Chapter Phi Alpha Theta - The National Honor Society in History.

" Impeachment Proceedings: A Comparative Study of Nigeria and the Philippines " April 12-13, 2019: Moderator and Presentor, The 44th Annual Conference of the New York African Studies Association “The 50-Year Ripple: Black Studies - Sankofa Past Present and Future”.

" More Alike Than Different: Why Our Diversity Is Our Strength! " March 31- April 1 2017: - Conference speaker/Workshop leader, SUNY Albany Asia Pacific American Conference sponsored by the Asian American Alliance.

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Program of 2019: Spring 2019.

Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Anthropology, University At Buffalo, SUNY at Buffalo: 1992-1993.

Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Anthropology, University At Buffalo, SUNYat Buffalo: 1987-1990.

Scholar-in-Residence, School of Law, University At Buffalo, SUNY at Buffalo: 1987-1990.

Justice Alex Reyes Scholarship, College of Law, University of the Philippines: 1981-1984.

University of the Philippines Scholarship: 1976-1979.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Sponsor/Organizer Anthropology Lecture Series: Dr. Celia Tuchman-Rosta entitled: “Symbols of the Nation: The Sweat and Sacrifice of Classical Dancers in Cambodia’s Tourism Industry.”: October 23, 2018.

Panel moderator, York College, 9th Undergraduate Research Day: May 3, 2018.

Invited Speaker representing the Common Reader Committee “The New Jim Crow: Achieving in the face of Oppressive Circumstances”The Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program: April 17, 2018.

Panel moderator, York College, 8th Undergraduate Research Day: May 4, 2017.

Conference speaker/Workshop leader: “More Alike Than Different: Why Our Diversity Is Our Strength!” at the SUNY Albany Asia Pacific American Conference sponsored by the Asian American Alliance: March 31- April 1 2017.

Resource Presentor, “Is This a Muslim Exclusion Act: A Teach-In On Trump’s Executive Order #13769”: February 2, 2017.

Represented Cultural Diversity and Anthropology in the 16th CUNY IT Conference at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY: 11/30/2017 - 12/01/2017.

Attended, Mellon Emerging Scholars Conference “Creating Diverse and Inclusive Communities” Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Queens College: November 10-11, 2016.

Represented Cultural Diversity and Anthropology in the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) Workshop on Supporting Students with Testing Accommodations: October 13, 2016.

Represented Cultural Diversity and Anthropology for conference on: “Resurgent Realities: East Coast Asian American Studies” Sponsored by CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund: May 13, 2016.

Sponsor, A Black History Month Jazz Celebration featuring Sean Juan Project and the GMT Express at the Milton G. Bassin Peforming Arts Center (in Collaboration with Male Initiative Program and York Student Government): Feb 16 2015, 6 PM.

Represented CLDV and Anthropology to the 14th Annual CUNY IT Conference held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York: December 3-4, 2015..

Seminar Leader, College Now faculty orientation: May 4, 2015.

Coordinater and Sponsor, the Community Works New York City’s “Thunderbird American Indian Dancers” (in collaboration with Prof. Kay Neale and the Carribean Student Association): April 16, 2015.

Represented Cultural Diversity on Seminar on Assessing General Education sponsored by the CUNY Assessment Council and Assessment Network of New York: Nov 14,2014.

Coordinated and sponsored A Panel Discussion entitled “Take A Look at Human Rights in Iran” with guest speakers Rev. Linda C. Prendergast and Dr. Khalil Khani (with Prof. K. Neale): September 22, 2014.

Represented Cultural Diversity, The Innocence Project (Elizabeth Webster and Nicole Harris “National litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice”: Feb 23, 2011.

Assisted, Cultural Diversity sponsored Program “Under the Veil”: Nov 4, 2010.

Sponsor/Host, World Mental Health Day (Speaker: Mr. Dan Coronel, AVP Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center): Oct 7, 2010.

Facilitator, York College’s Freshman Reader Program (Outcast United): Sept 7, 2010.

Assisted in the Cultural Diversity Program Special Black History Month Event: Feb 25, 2010.

Assisted in Pulitzer Prize winner Ms. Lynn Nottage’s visit to York College Campus: Oct. 23, 2009.