Joshua G. Acosta is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a third-generation Filipino American and grew up in Southern California. He is a recipient of the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship and was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and former California State University Sally Casanova Scholar. Joshua’s research interest involves the history of the U.S. colonization of the Philippines and the Filipino American diaspora. His project explores a cultural history of leprosy, decolonization, and transpacific American medical humanitarianism. He is also interested in researching disability and occupational health among Filipino migrant workers’ experiences in the early 20th century. Joshua served as chair of the Filipinx & Philippine Studies Working Group at the Townsend Center for the Humanities from 2022-23.
Research Grant, Center for Race and Gender, University of California, Berkeley, 2023
Graduate Studies Enhancement Grant, Mellon-Social Science Research Council, 2022
Filipinx & Philippine Studies Working Group Grant, Townsend Center for the Humanities, University of California, Berkeley, 2022
Research Grant, Asian American Research Center, University of California, Berkeley, 2021
Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, Graduate Division, University of California, Berkeley, 2021
Phi Beta Kappa, 2021
Acosta, Joshua G. “Anacleto Palabay in the Metropole: Public Health, Migration, and Deportation in the Case of a Filipino Leprosy Patient,” Nursing Clio, November 3, 2022, https://nursingclio.org/2022/11/03/anacleto-palabay-in-the-metropole-public-health-migration-and-deportation-in-the-case-of-a-filipino-leprosy-patient/.
M.A., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2023
B.A., History, magna cum laude, California State University, Long Beach, 2021