Sonia Christine Gomez
I'm a first generation college graduate and an Assistant Professor of 20th century U.S. history at Santa Clara University. I am deeply interested in gender and sexuality, comparative race and ethnic relations; migration and diaspora, and social movement history. My scholarship focuses on Japanese migration and diaspora and I am currently working on my first book project, A Gendered Diaspora: Intimacy and Empire in the Making of Japanese America, 1908-1952 (under contract at NYU Press).
I earned a B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. Before joining Santa Clara University, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University. In my last year of dissertation writing, I was a Pre-doctoral Fellow at the MIT with a joint appointment in the department of History and the department of Global Studies and Languages.
I began my intellectual journey at Antelope Valley College, a community college in the Lancaster, CA where I grew up. I took classes part-time for several years while working as a licensed esthetician and raising a family. In 2008, I completed an Associate of Arts degree, becoming the first in my family to earn a college degree. I transferred to the University of California, Berkeley soon after.
Fun fact: I am still a skin care enthusiast and maintain my esthetician's license!
Japanese War Brides in Post-WWII America, Japanese American Service Committee, Chicago, Illinois in July 2018. View on Chicago CAN TV here.
Photo from the War Brides Symposium sponsored by the Japanese American National Museum and USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture. View on C-SPAN here.
Interracial Intimacies Symposium, University of Chicago, April 2018. Full program can be found here.