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Catherine Ceniza Choy

Catherine Ceniza ChoyCatherine Ceniza Choy is a professor and a former chair of the ethnic studies department at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a core faculty member of the Center for Southeast Asia Studies and an affiliated faculty member of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative and the Center for Race and Gender. Her major research interests focus on the U.S. global presence in Asian countries, Asian migrations to the United States, and the impact of transpacific migration on American and Asian societies. She is the author of the award-winning book, Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History (2003), which explores how and why the Philippines became the leading exporter of professional nurses to the United States. Her second book, Global Families: A History of Asian International Adoption in America (2013), unearths the little-known historical origins of Asian international adoption in the United States, beginning with the post–World War II presence of the U.S. military in Asia. She is a coeditor of a new Brill book series, Gendering the Trans-Pacific World: Diaspora, Empire, and Race. She also writes about her research, academia, and writing on LinkedIn and the Berkeley Blog.

The daughter of Filipino immigrants, Choy has held distinguished lectureships and visiting appointments at Yonsei University, Mahidol University, Hitotsubashi University, and Northwestern University. Prior to coming to Berkeley, she was an assistant professor of American studies and a founding member of the Asian American Studies Initiative at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

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Twitter: @ccenizachoy.