Dr. Febe Pamonag

Associate Professor

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Recipient of Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program to China

WIU URC Award Winner


Dr Pamonag


Dr. Febe Pamonag joined the department in the fall of 2007 as its specialist in Asian history. Prof. Pamonag received her Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Alberta. She offers the department's upper-division courses on the history of China [History 345], Japan [History 346], modern East Asia [History 445 (G)], topics in Asian history [History 485 (G)], the Asian history survey course [History 145], which is available for Humanities and Multicultural General Education credit, and graduate seminars on the history of modern Japan, women and gender in modern Asia, U.S. colonial rule in the Philippines, and history and memory of the Asia-Pacific War [History 530 and 531].

Prof. Pamonag's research focuses on transnational initiatives for the promotion of Japanese women’s higher education from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century. Her article, 'A Bryn Mawr School in the East': Transpacific Initiatives for Japanese Women’s Higher Education," was published in the November 2012 issue of the Pacific Historical Review. Her work on Japanese education reformer Tsuda Umeko and Philadelphia Quaker women was published in the U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal.

Prof. Pamonag has won several grants and awards. She was one of sixteen post-secondary instructors throughout the United States who were selected to participate in the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad to China in summer 2013. She also won two WIU University Research Council Grants and a WIU Faculty Summer Stipend to support her research.

Prof. Pamonag has supervised several graduate and undergraduate students’ research. Two of her students have won awards: Lauren Armstead was the Department of History’s first-place winner in the 2012 Undergraduate Research Day Poster Competition for “Maternal Bond in Hiroshima Narratives of Survival” and Lara Zink took third place in the graduate division in the 2010 Phi Alpha Theta Illinois Regional Conference for her paper “Historical Fiction in the Classroom: Linda Sue Park’s When My Name Was Keoko.”

Prof. Pamonag has served as the academic advisor of the WIU Anime Club since 2008. She is currently learning Mandarin Chinese and enjoys listening to Japanese radio programs in her spare time. 


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