Dr. Febe Pamonag



National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow 

Fulbright Award Winner

Multicultural Teaching Excellence Award

WIU University Research Council Award Winner


Dr Pamonag


Dr. Febe Pamonag  joined the department in fall 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], women and gender in Asian history [History342], cross-listed with Women’s Studies [History 342], topics in Asian history [History 485 (G)], survey courses on Asian history [History 245] and World history [History 116], which are available for Humanities and Multicultural General Education credit, and  graduate seminars  on postwar Japan, U.S. colonial rule in the Philippines, history and memory of the Asia-Pacific War, and global history of food and disease [History 530 and 531].

Prof. Pamonag’s research interests include gender and feminism, history of food and disease, and imperial medicine and public health. She has published articles in several journals, including the Pacific Historical Review, U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal, and Social Science Diliman: A Philippine Journal of Society and Change. Her current book project is a social history of Hansen’s disease (also known as leprosy) in early twentieth-century Philippines. 

Prof. Pamonag also served as Associate Editor of the “Filipino Women and American Empire” team of the “Women and Modern Empires [WAME], 1840 to the present”, directed by historians Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin. This peer-reviewed online collection was co-published by the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender at the State University of New York, Binghamton, and Alexander Street Press of Alexandria, Virginia (2017).

Prof. Pamonag has won several grants and awards. She was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship and an NEH Summer Stipend for her project on Hansen’s disease patients' activism in early twentieth-century Philippines. She was one of sixteen post-secondary instructors in the United States selected to participate in the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad to China in summer 2013. She also won two WIU University Research Council Grants and two WIU Faculty Summer Stipends to support her research.

Prof. Pamonag has supervised graduate and undergraduate students’ research on a wide range of topics. Several of her students have won awards: Luke Josey’s paper “Navigating Article 9: The Evolution of the Maritime Self-Defense Force in Postwar Japan” won the Department of History’s 2019 William & Doris Burton Writing Award in History; Samantha Heinrich's paper "The 'Savage' Filipinos and Their Dog-Eating Habits" was honorable mention in the best paper, graduate category, in the 2016 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference; Madeline Olejnik’s paper “Representations of Women in Post-1949 China” was a co-winner in the Department of History’s 2014-2015 Judy Ellen Thompson Prize for Best Undergraduate Paper in a History Course; 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 currently serves as the academic advisor of the WIU Anime Club and co-advisor of the Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society). When not working, she enjoys learning Mandarin Chinese and French, yoga, and traveling.


Dr. Pamonag receiving Provost's Award for Excellence

Dr. Pamonag receives the Provost's Award for Excellence