Yen Vu is a Visiting Assistant Professor in French and Francophone Studies at Hamilton College. She earned her PhD from Cornell University. Her general research interests involve the cross-section of Vietnamese and French literature, 20th century Vietnamese intellectual history, and autobiographical or memorial writing. Her first book project will trace 20th century Vietnamese intellectuals’ conceptions of  liberté, philosophically informed by thinkers like Friedrich Nietzsche and Michel de 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.

She holds 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.

She was born in Lâm Đồng, Vietnam, and came to the United States with her family through the Humanitarian Operation Program. She still calls California home.