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Joshua G. Acosta


Asian American History, Colonialism, History of Medicine, Humanitarianism, 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. Moreover, his research seeks to co-locate the history of medicine and its relationship to global processes of imperialism, migration, racialization, and humanitarianism. He is currently writing about the history of the Culion Island leprosarium in the early 20th century. He received his B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from California State University, Long Beach.