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Joshua G. Acosta


Asian American History, Colonialism, History of Medicine, Humanitarianism, Migration, Philippine and Filipino American Studies

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Bio & Research Interests

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 is 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 American humanitarianism through the Philippines and Filipino diasporas. He is also interested in researching disability and occupational health among Filipino migrant workers’ experiences in the early 20th century. He received his B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from California State University, Long Beach.