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Affiliate Bio

Catherine Ceniza Choy is a professor and former chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of the award-winning book Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History (Duke University Press, 2003), which explored how and why the Philippines became the leading sending country of professional nurses to the United States. Her second book Global Families: A History of Asian International Adoption in America was published by NYU Press in October 2013. Her writing on Filipino American, nursing, and adoption history has appeared in journals, such as the Journal of Asian American Studies, Nursing History Review, and the Journal of American-East Asian Relations. And her creative non-fiction has been published in Cheers To Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women and the 2013 Asian American Literary Review special issue on mixed race. Catherine also writes posts on aca demia and writing in LinkedIn and the Berkeley Blog. The daughter of Filipino immigrants, she was born and raised in New York City and is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School. Catherine received her B.A. in History from Pomona College in 1991 and her Ph.D. in History from UCLA in 1998. She lives in Berkeley with her husband Greg Choy and their two children.


  • Educator
  • Scholar
  • Writer
  • San Francisco Bay Area