Christine N Peralta


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I am a doctoral candidate in U.S. modern history. I am the child of Filipino Canadian migrants who came from a town that means the action or sensation of being abruptly submerged in water. I like thinking about ghosts, water, healing, and land possession. 

Research Interests

  • U.S. history, U.S. empire studies, Asian American Studies, Gender and Women Studies, Cultural and Intellectual History

Research Description

My dissertation, Medical Modernity: Rethinking U.S. Colonial Practices in  the  Philippines and the Health Work of Non-elite Women (1870-1948), examines four health programs that framed the medical training of  Filipino women as a critical pathway to modernization and the creation of an  independent nation state. Looking at a diverse set of actors, such as Filipino physicians, nurses, midwives, and native folk healers as well as U.S. colonial officials and medical missionaries, this project aims to tell the intellectual history of modern medicine in the Philippines through the perspective of Filipinos.

I am also interested in the history of real estate in the Philippines and  transnational land ownership of lower to middle class migrants. 


  • M.A. History, University of British of Columbia 2011
  • B.A. History, St. Mary's University 2009
  • B.A. Sociology, St. Mary's University 2009

Distinctions / Awards

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent based on ICES Scores, Fall 2018
  • University of Illinois Gender and Women’s Studies Department Marianne Ferber Award for Most Outstanding Dissertation Proposal Related to Gender and Women’s Studies


  • The Huntington Library Residential Summer Institute in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • American Philosophical Society Eugene Garfield Research Fellowship
  • Consortium History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Research Fellowship
  • Rockefeller Archive Center Grant-In-Aide Research Fellowship
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship in Tagalog
  • Jeffrey S. Tanaka Asian American Studies Grant