Concordia University

Theresa Ventura, PhD

Assistant Professor, History

Office: S-LB 1001-09 
J.W. McConnell Building,
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2070
Availability: Winter 2016 office hours W 1-2:30 and by appointment

Theresa Ventura holds an MA and PhD in History from Columbia University and a BA in History and women's studies from Brooklyn College.  Her research draws together the histories of United States foreign relations, medicine, agriculture, and the environment.  Her current manuscript, tentatively titled Empire Reformed:  The United States, the Philippines, and the Practices of Development, investigates American attempts to recast rural life and agricultural production in the Philippines, then the United States' most populous formal colony, and considers the impact of this project on Philippines politics, health, and nature.  The manuscript is a revision of her dissertation, which was awarded Columbia University's Bancroft Dissertation Prize (2010).  Before coming to Concordia, Dr. Ventura was an Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University, North Carolina, and was a 2010-2011 American Council of Learned Societies-Mellon Foundation Post-doctoral fellow at the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington DC.

She has published in Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints and has a forthcoming article in Agricultural History.


BA, Brooklyn College, MA, Ph.D., Columbia University



"From Small Farms to Progressive Plantations: The Trajectory of Land Reform in the American Colonial Philippines, 1900-1916," Agricultural History (Winter 2016), pp. 459-483.

"Medicalizing Gutom: Hunger, Diet, and Beriberi during the American Period," Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints, 63:1 (March 2015), pp. 39-69.


Review of Yoshiko Nagano, State and finance in the Philippines, 1898-1941: the mismanagement of an American colony for Economic History Review (May 2016).

Research activities

Current Major Grants

FRQSC, L'Empire Reconstitue: les Pratiques de Developpement des Americains aux Philippines de 1898 a 1946, September 2015-March 2018

Participation activities

Select Conferences, Workshops, and Talks

"'The Magic Liquid that Guarantees the Life of the Infant': Breast Milk as Food and Medicine in the Philippines, 1880-1924," Association for Asian Studies, Seattle, WA, March 31-April 3, 2016

“Colonial Land Reform and Inequality in the American Colonial Philippines,” Political Economy Seminar, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, November 17, 2014

“Progressive Plantations: Visions of Development of Philippine Friar Lands,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 2014

“Who Cured Beriberi? What an American Historian Learned from Ileto,”Historiography and Nation since Pasyon and Revolution: Conference in Honor of Professor Reynaldo C. Ileto, Manila,Philippines, February 8-9, 2013

“The Malnourished Tropics: Beriberi, Nutrition, and the Remapping of Monsoon Asia,” Anatomies of Knowledge: Medicine. Science, and Health in Asia Workshop, Social Science Research Council Inter-Asia Conference, Hong Kong,June 6-8, 2012

“Market Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and Natural Resource Management,” The Library of Congress, Washington DC, October 15, 2011

Teaching activities



HIST 253/4 Section B

History of the United States since the Civil War Era

HIST 358/4 Section A

United States Foreign Relations from 1945 to the Present

HIST 398P/2 Section A
United States in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1877-1924

HIST 452T/2 Section A

The United States and Empire

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