Sonia C. Gomez is a Visiting Scholar/Pre-Doctoral Fellow in History and Global Studies and Languages at MIT, and a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Chicago. She received her B.A. in history with high distinction in 2011 from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a historian of the modern United States with a focus on comparative race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, interracial intimacies, and immigration. Her dissertation, “From Picture Brides to War Brides: Race, Gender, and Belonging in the Making of Japanese America,” examines the ways in which ideas about race and gender shaped marriage and immigration laws for Japanese immigrant women in the United States. Her analysis begins with the first wave of Japanese women’s immigration to the US spurred by the Gentlemen’s Agreement of 1908 and ends with the second mass migration of Japanese women after the passage of the War Bride Acts in the post WWII era. She has taught courses in 20th century United States history, gender and sexuality in the world, and freshmen writing.
In addition to her scholarship and teaching, Gomez is committed to increasing diversity and equity in higher education. At the University of Chicago, she worked as a Higher Education Administration Intern for Graduate Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of the Provost from 2015 to 2017. In this role, she co-authored a research project that evaluated diversity and inclusion initiatives at top tier research universities across the United States. The final report made recommendations for programming to better serve the underrepresented minority graduate student population. She also co-chaired an interdisciplinary research symposium, held at the University of Chicago in May 2017, to highlight the scholarship of graduate students of color across campus.