Catherine Ceniza Choy is a Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. The daughter of Filipino immigrants, Catherine was born and raised in New York City. She received her Ph.D. in history from UCLA in 1998 and her bachelor’s degree in history from Pomona College in 1991. She chaired the Department of Ethnic Studies (2012-2015, 2018-2019), served as Associate Dean of the College of Letters & Science’s Division of Undergraduate Studies (2019-2021), and was a member of the Faculty Leadership Academy’s inaugural cohort in 2019. Her scholarly specialties include Asian American history, Filipino American studies, race, gender, and migration, nursing history, and adoption studies. She is the author of the books “Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History” (2003) and “Global Families: A History of Asian International Adoption in America” (2013), and the co-editor of the anthology “Gendering the Trans-Pacific World” (2017).
An engaged public scholar, Catherine has been interviewed by many media outlets -- including ABC 20/20, The Atlantic, CNN, Los Angeles Times, NBC News, New York Times, ProPublica, San Francisco Chronicle, Time, and Vox -- on the disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on Filipino nurses in the United States, anti-Asian, coronavirus-related violence, and racism and misogyny in the March 16, 2021 Atlanta murders. Her most recent writing has been published in the journal Gender, Work & Organization, the anthology “Sparked: George Floyd, Racism, and the Progressive Illusion,” and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop magazine The Margins.