Dr. Febe Pamonag

Associate Professor


National Endowment for the Humanities Award Winner 2017

Recipient of the Provost's Award for Excellence in Multicultural Teaching for 2016

Recipient of Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program to China

WIU URC Award Winner

Please note:

Prof. Pamonag will be on sabbatical for the Spring and Fall 2017

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 history of food in Asia [History 530 and 531]

Prof. Pamonag’s research interests include transnational movements for women’s education, and imperial medicine and public health. She has published articles on trans-Pacific initiatives for the promotion of Japanese women’s higher education from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century. Her current project is a social history of leprosy in early twentieth-century Philippines.

Prof. Pamonag serves as Associate Editor of the “U.S. in the Philippines” team of the “Women and Modern Empires [WAME], 1840 to the present” project, directed by historians Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin. This peer-reviewed online collection is 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. The entire project will be online in 2017.

Prof. Pamonag has won several grants and awards. She was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for her project on leprosy patients' activism in early twentieth-century Phillippines. She also won a Summer Stipend Award from the NEH to support archival research on the same project. 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 several graduate and undergraduate students’ research. Four of her students have won awards: 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 served as the academic advisor of the WIU Anime Club from 2008 to 2016. She is currently learning Mandarin Chinese.

Dr. Pamonag receiving Provost's Award for Excellence

Dr. Pamonag receives the Provost's Award for Excellence