Research Expertise and Interest
Asian American history, Filipino American studies, race and gender, migration, nursing history, adoption studies
Catherine Ceniza Choy's most recent book is Asian American Histories of the United States (Beacon Press, 2022). The book features the themes of anti-Asian hate and violence, erasure of Asian American history, and Asian American resistance to what has been omitted in a nearly 200 year history of Asian migration, labor, and community formation in the US. It was named a Best of 2022 Nonfiction Book by Kirkus Reviews and Ms. Magazine, and featured in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s 2023 National Day of Racial Healing Book List, Book Riot's 35 Must-Read Books of Nonfiction by AAPI Authors, and Zócalo Public Square's 2023 Summer Reading List.
Catherine's first book, Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History (2003), 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. In 2023, Choy is the recipient of the Agnes Dillon Randolph Award. This award recognizes her outstanding scholarship documenting the experiences of Filipino nurses in U.S. history and the importance of that history for understanding ongoing issues in health care, including the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Filipino nurses. Her second book, Global Families: A History of Asian International Adoption in America (2013), unearthed 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. An engaged public scholar, Catherine has been interviewed and had her research cited in 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.