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I am a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Modern Vietnamese Studies at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. I earned my PhD from Cornell University in 2019. My general research interests involve the cross-section of Vietnamese and French literature, 20th century Vietnamese intellectual history, and autobiographical or memorial writing. My current book project, Forging Freedoms: Language and intellectual thought in 20th Century Vietnam is an intellectual history of different ideas of freedom in Vietnam through the close examination of language – as national idiom, as discourse, and as a literary space.

I’ve previously taught at Hamilton College, University of Pennsylvania, and Paris VIII Saint Denis-Vincennes. I hold an M.A. from the Institute of French Studies, New York University and a B.A. in French and Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

I was born in Lâm Đồng, Vietnam, and came to the United States with my family through the Humanitarian Operation Program. I still call California home.


Nam Phong Dialogues is now live on Spotify and Apple.

View my presentation here for the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, March 24-27, 2022 “Dissidence and the politics of excess in the work of Duong Thu Huong”

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I am happy to elaborate on any of my materials or share resources, for the purposes of intellectual and pedagogical advancement.