San Francisco Bay Area

Catherine Ceniza Choy

Scholar, Writer
San Francisco Bay Area

Artist Statement



Catherine Ceniza Choy is Professor and Department Chair of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to coming to Berkeley, she was an assistant professor of American Studies and a co-founding member of the Asian American Studies Initiative at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. 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 women’s history, Filipino immigration, and adoption studies has appeared in journals, such as Amerasia Journal, the Journal of Asian American Studies, 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. 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.