I am a Ph.D Candidate at Cornell University in French Studies. My overall research interests involve the cross-section of Vietnamese and French literature, 20th century Vietnamese intellectual history, and autobiographical or memorial writing. My dissertation traces 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 earned my B.A. in French and Psychology at University of California, Berkeley. I spent a year in New York City completing my M.A. at The Institute of French Studies, New York University. In past summers, I attended language programs at University of Wisconsin, Madison (SEASSI), and Middlebury College (The Language School), and have also taught at University of Paris VIII.
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.