I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in French and Francophone Studies at Hamilton College. My overall research interests involve the cross-section of Vietnamese and French literature, 20th century Vietnamese intellectual history, and autobiographical or memorial writing. I earned my PhD at Cornell University in French Studies, where my dissertation traced the Vietnamese intellectual’s conception of liberté, philosophically informed by thinkers like Nietzsche and Montaigne, and aesthetically inspired by their French counterparts. Such explorations of freedom found the grounds in which these intellectuals remain critical of revolution, particularly the mythical promise of freedom thereafter.
I hold an M.A. from the The Institute of French Studies, New York University and a B.A. in French and Psychology from 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, and I now call San Diego, California home.