Department of History and Non-Western Cultures
Western Connecticut State University
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
2002 Ph.D. in Southeast Asian History, Cornell University.
2000 M.A. in History, Cornell University.
1997 B.A. in History with Highest Distinction in General Scholarship and High Honors, University of California at Berkeley.
2010-present Co-Chair, Department of History, Western Connecticut State University
2007-present Associate Professor of History, Western Connecticut State University
2003-present Faculty Associate in Research, Cornell University Southeast Asia Program.
2004-2007 Assistant Professor of History, Western Connecticut State University
2003-2004 Assistant Professor of History, State University of New York at Potsdam.
2002-2003 Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR.
“An Ambiguous Relationship: Impressions of the United States in Vietnamese Historical Scholarship, 1986-2010,” World History Connected 7:3 (October 2010).
“Women, Westernization, and the Origins of Modern Vietnamese Theatre,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 37:2 (June 2006), 205-224.
“Women and Mythology in Vietnamese History: Le Ngoc Han, Ho Xuan Huong, and the Production of Historical Continuity in Vietnam,” positions: east asia cultures critique 13: 2 (2005): 411-439.
“Allegories of the US-Vietnam War: The ‘Unification Debates’ in Vietnamese, French and English, 1958-1975,” Crossroads, 17:1 (2003), 129-160.
“In Their Image: The Vietnamese Communist Party and the Social Evils Campaign of 1996,” Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars 32: 4 (Oct.-Dec. 2000): pp. 15-21.
“A Nôm Source on Nineteenth Century Vietnamese History: Father Đăng Đức Tuấn’s Thuật tích việc nước nam,” in Viện Nghiên Cứu Hán Nôm, Nghiên Cứu về chữ Nôm [Research on the Nom Script]. Hanoi: Khoa Học Xã Hội, 2008.
“Transnationalism and Multiethnicity in the Early Gia Long Era,” in Nhung Tuyet Tran and Anthony Reid, Vietnam: Borderless Histories. (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006), 194-218.
“Hybridity, Colonialism, and National Subjectivity in Vietnamese Historiography,” in Joyce Goggin and Sonja Neef (eds.), Travelling Concepts I: Text, Subjectivity, Hybridity. (Amsterdam: ASCA Press, 2001), pp. 201-211.
2010 “War or Peace in Vietnam? The Policy Question Answers on the 1868 Palace Examination.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New England Association for Asian Studies, October.
2010 “Vu Nhu and the 1868 Palace Examination,” Invited lecture given at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin at Madison, October.
2008 “Existentialism in Saigon Intellectual Culture.” Paper presented at the “Vietnam: Beyond Dichotomies Conference,” University of Washington, May 23, 2008.
2008 “Saigon Intellectuals and the Events of 1968.” Paper presented at the Triennial Vietnam Symposium, Texas Tech University, March 8, 2008.
2007 “Did a Vietnamese Delegation meet Abraham Lincoln? And other myths in Vietnamese-American relations,” Invited lecture given at Connecticut College, November 5, 2007.
2006 “Lost Causes and Southern Sympathizers in Vietnamese Historiography,” Invited address given at the Yale University Center for Southeast Asian Studies, November 1, 2006, available at http://www.yale.edu/seas/Lost%20Causes.pdf
2006 “Lost Causes and Southern Sympathizers in Vietnamese Historiography,” Paper Presented at the WCSU History Department Faculty Forum, September 11, 2006.
2006 “A Nôm Source on Nineteenth Century Vietnamese History: Father Đăng Đức Tuấn’s Thuật tích việc nước nam,” [Presented in Vietnamese]. Presented at the 2006 International Nôm Conference, Huế, Vietnam, June 1, 2006.
2005 “Morality and the West in The Poisoned Cup,” Presented at the New Approaches to Vietnam and the West Conference, Western Connecticut State University, December 3, 2005.
2005 “Xenophobe or Bureaucrat: Myths about the Minh Mạng Emperor,” Accepted and scheduled for presentation at the CSU Faculty Research Conference, Central Connecticut State University, October 22, 2005.
2005 “The Myth of Bùi Viện.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, IL.
2004 “History in the Village: Commercializing India’s Religious Nationalism in Popular Film.” Paper accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, Chicago, IL.
2004 “The Ambiguous Relationship: Recent Vietnamese Scholarship on the United States.” Presented at the Cornell symposium on “Vietnamese Late Socialism: The Politics of Culture in Contemporary Vietnam.”
2003 “New Culture from China: The Influence of the May Fourth Movement on Vietnam.” Presented at the New York Conference on Asian Studies annual meeting, Buffalo, New York.
2003 “Woman as Wholesome National Culture: Configurations of Desire and Identity in “The Western Vietnamese.” Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, New York.
2002 “A Bishop and a Prince: A New Look at an Overblown Relationship.” Paper at the Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies.
2002 “Allegories of the US-Vietnam War: The ‘Unification Debates in Vietnamese, French, and English, 1958-1975.” Paper presented at the Southeast Asia Student Conference, Northern Illinois University.
2001 “Court Women, Prostitutes, and Foreigners: Gender and Continuity in Tây Son Era Vietnam.” Paper Presented at the New York Conference on Asian Studies, Ithaca, NY.
2001 “Transnationalism and Multiethnicity in the Early Gia Long Era.” Paper presented at the “Vietnam: Beyond the Frontiers” conference, University of California at Los Angeles.
2001 “Racial Separation as a Condition for Modernity in Vietnamese Historiography”. Paper Presented at the “Transitions” Conference of the Cornell Southeast Asia Program.
2000 “Hybridity, Colonialism, and National Subjectivity in Vietnamese Historiography.” Paper presented at the Conference on “Travelling Concepts: Subjectivity, Hybridity, Text,” Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis.
1999 “Negotiating the Other: Siamese and Southern Vietnamese Royal Discourse in the Late Eighteenth Century.” Paper presented at the New York Conference on Asian Studies.
1998 “In Their Image: The Vietnamese Communist Party and the Social Evils Campaign of 1996.” “Institutions in the Post-Cold War World” Graduate Student Conference, George Washington University.
Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award, Western Connecticut State University, 2006
Appointed Faculty Associate in Research, Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University
Mellon Fellow, Cornell University, 2001-2002.
Fulbright-Hays Fellow, 2000-2001.
Cornell University Fellowship at the School for Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, summer 1999.
Ford Foundation Grant for Vietnamese Language Study in the Vietnamese
Advanced Summer Institute, Hanoi, Vietnam, 1998.
Sage Foundation First Year Graduate Fellowship Recipient, Cornell University, 1997-98
Phi Beta Kappa Inductee, 1997,
PROFESSIONAL AND SERVICE ACTIVITIES
Executive Board Member, Vietnam Nom Preservation Foundation, 2009-present.
Executive Board Member, Vietnam Studies Group, 2007-2010.
Organized and received grant funding for the New Approaches to Vietnam and the West Conference, a major conference to be held in December 2005 at Western Connecticut State University, 2005.
Organized and authored a grant to bring noted Vietnamese musician Pham Duc Thanh and Vietnam scholar K.W. Taylor to Western Connecticut State University to give a performance and a lecture respectively. 2005.
Organized exhibition of the Mekong Lifeways exhibit, a joint project of the Smithsonian Institution and Western Connecticut State University, for display at Western Connecticut State University, 2005.
Faculty advisor, Clio (Student History Journal), 2004-present.
Direcor, Western Connecticut State University Debate Team, 2004-2011.
Co-author (with Diane Fox and Denise Hare) of collaborative $2000 Grant from the Oregon Consortium for Asian Studies and co-organizer of Portland State University/Lewis and Clark College/Reed College Vietnamese Film Festival, 2003.
Referee, Critical Asian Studies
Organized and successfully petitioned for sponsorship for Locality and Practice: Reinterpreting Vietnamese Christianity, a panel sponsored by the Vietnam Studies Group, to be given at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, April 4-7, 2002.
University Teaching Methodology Course. Designed full course and syllabus for Freshman Writing Seminar Course at Cornell University
Association for Asian Studies
American Historical Association
New England Conference on Asian Studies
Vietnam Studies Group
I am currently researching the 1862, 1868 and 1877 palace examinations held by the Nguyễn dynasty as a source of information about intellectual divisions in Vietnam in the nineteenth century, particularly in regard to how to respond to French aggression.
Vietnamese-good reading and speaking ability
Classical Vietnamese (Nôm)-basic reading ability
Classical Chinese-basic reading ability
French-basic reading and speaking ability
Spanish-basic reading and speaking ability