Dr. Y Thien Nguyen
- Position: Teaching Fellow in South-East Asian History
- Areas of expertise: Modern Vietnamese History, Vietnam War History, Vietnamese Refugees, Historical Sociology, Collective Memory
- Email: Y.T.Nguyen@leeds.ac.uk
- Location: 4.34b Parkinson
I joined the University of Leeds as a Teaching Fellow in South-East Asian History in Fall 2022. I completed my PhD in at Northwestern University, specializing in historical sociology and Vietnamese and Vietnamese refugee history.
Previously, I was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the US-Vietnam Research Center, an affiliate of the Global Studies Institute at the University of Oregon. I have also served as the Resource Development Officer for the Vietnamese American non-profit Boat People S.O.S., Inc.
I was born in Đà Nẳng, Việt Nam and, as a child, emigrated with my family to the United States as refugees through the Humanitarian Operation Program. My family resettled in southern California and I was raised in the Little Saigon District of Orange County.
My research focuses on the history of the Republic of Vietnam (1955-1975) and Vietnamese refugee communities, the discursive evolution of Vietnamese anticommunism, and the ideological, political, and institutional connectivity between the Republican Vietnam and Vietnamese America. Trained as a historical sociologist, I focus on historical instutionalism, legacies, and the “consolidation” of ideas, norms, and beliefs during the Cold War in South East Asia.
I draw upon an array of methodologies for my research, including Vietnamese-language archival documents, periodicals, and cultural productions, as well as ethnography, interviews and oral histories.<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- Ph.D., Sociology, Northwestern University (2021)
- BA, Sociology, University of California, Irvine (2014)
- Association of Asian American Studies
- American Sociological Association
- Social Science History Association
- Association of Asian Studies
I presently teach HIST 3888: The Global Vietnam War and HIST 1817: Skills and Concepts in International History. I am also a member of the teaching team for HIST 5055: Practicing Modern History and HIST 5825M: Histories of Migration from Early Modern to Modern. I am happy to supervise Final Year dissertations on Vietnamese and South East Asian history, as well as the Cold War and Refugee studies.