Catherine Ceniza Choy

UC Berkeley Professor of Ethnic Studies

Catherine Ceniza Choy is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and an Associate Dean of the College of Letters & Science’s Undergraduate Studies Division. Her scholarly specialties include Asian American history, Filipino American studies, race, gender, and migration. She is the author of the book, Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History (2003), which explored how and why the Philippines became the leading exporter of professional nurses to the United States. Empire of Care received the 2003 American Journal of Nursing History and Public Policy Book Award and the 2005 Association for Asian American Studies History Book Award. 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 the co-editor of the Brill book series Gendering the Trans-Pacific World. The daughter of Filipino immigrants, Catherine was born and raised in New York City. She received her Ph.D. in History from UCLA and her B.A. in History from Pomona College. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and their two children.