Dr. Theodore S. Gonzalves

Curator of Asian Pacific American History, Division of Culture and the Arts


Dr. Theodore S. Gonzalves is a curator of Asian Pacific American history in the division of Culture and the Arts at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. His areas of responsibility include the research, collection, and exhibition of Asian Pacific American histories and the performing arts. He previously served as director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. A Fulbright Scholar with extensive teaching experience in the United States, Spain, and the Philippines, Dr. Gonzalves has also been awarded senior fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Library of Congress. He was elected the 21st president of the Association for Asian American Studies in 2018, appointed to the Organization of American Historians' Distinguished Lectureship Program in 2023, and is currently a member of the board of directors of the American Council of Learned Societies.


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  • Ph.D., comparative culture, University of California at Irvine
  • M.A., political science, San Francisco State University
  • B.S., political science, Santa Clara University

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