George Bayuga, Ph.D.

George Bayuga

George Bayuga, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
CENT 128


George Wu Bayuga is a sociocultural anthropologist who studies transnational Asian Christianity, labor, and food systems between countries in the South China Sea region. He is particularly interested in the labor processes used to establish religious identities and practices. He conducted fieldwork from 2016-2018 in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China, tracing the activities and movements of Mainland Chinese Catholic nuns who departed the Mainland to pursue religious education abroad. At UCCS he teaches: Ethnographic Methods and Theory, the Anthropology of Global Christianity, Labor and Social Transformation, Food and Empire, Asia in Ethnographic Context, and Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.


  • PhD, Anthropology, Yale University, 2021
  • MPhil, Anthropology, Yale University, 2015
  • MA, Food Studies, New York University, 2013
  • BA, History and International Studies, Seattle University, 2011

Selected publications

  • Pending "The Labor of Complaint: Chinese Catholic Nuns and Post-Socialist Religious Economy" 
  • 2020 Review of Death by Design for the Annual Review of Work. Vol. 41, 2. (2020): 138-139. (doi)
  • 2019 Review of Queer Nuns, Religion and Society. Vol 10, 1. (2019): 195-196. (doi)

Regularly Taught Courses

  • ANTH 1040 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 3500 Ethnographic Methods and Theory
  • ANTH 3460 The Anthropology of Global Christianity
  • ANTH 4430 Labor and Social Transformation
  • ANTH 4440 Food and Empire
  • ANTH 4400 Advanced Topics in Cultural Anthropology: Asia in Ethnographic Context

Service, Leadership, and Languages

  • UCCS Pride Committee, Fall 2020 - Present
  • CU Systemwide LGBTQ+ Faculty Council, Spring 2021 - Present
  • Society for the Anthropology of Work, Executive Board, Fall 2019 - Present
  • Affiliate Faculty, UCCS Asian Studies Program
  • Faculty Advisor, Anthropology Club

Field Languages: Mandarin, Tagalog