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Michigan State University
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Ph.D., Yale University, 2008

M.Phil., Yale University, 2004

A.B., Cornell University, 1999


My first book, Catholic Vietnam: A Church from Empire to Nation (University of California Press, 2012) focuses on  religious, cultural and political transformations in Vietnamese Catholicism during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Catholic Vietnam has received the 2013 Andrew Alf Heggoy Prize from the French Colonial Historical Society, awarded to the best book dealing with the French colonial experience from 1848 to the present.  The book has also received the 2013 John Gilmary Shea Prize from the American Catholic Historical Association, awarded to the book judged to have made the most original and distinguished contribution to knowledge of the history of the Catholic Church.

My next book, tentatively titled Indochina in France: Colonial Subjects, Metropolitan Lives, will focus on the metropolitan context of the history of French colonial Indochina, particularly on ordinary lives and everyday experiences.

Articles and Book Chapters

“The Curious Case of Hoàng Thị Thế,” Journal of Vietnamese Studies, Vol. 8, no. 3 (Summer 2013): 71-119

“Protestantism and the Politics of Religion in French Colonial Vietnam,” French Colonial History, Vol. 13 (2012): 141-174

“A Colonial Sacred Union?  Church, State and the Great War in Colonial Vietnam,” in James P. Daughton and Owen White, eds., In God’s Empire: French Missionaries and the Modern World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

“Annam Uplifted: The First Vietnamese Catholic Bishops and the Birth of a National Church, 1919-1945,” Journal of Vietnamese Studies, Vol. 3, no. 2 (Summer 2008): 128-171 (translated into Vietnamese and published on, Fall 2009)

“Catholicisme, bouddhisme et lois laïques au Tonkin, 1899-1914,” Vingtième siècle, revue d’histoire, no. 77 (September-December 2005): 113-128 (trans. Bruno Poncharal)


HST 201: Historical Methods and Skills

HST 210: Modern East Asia

HST 365: The Vietnam War

HST 366: Southeast Asia since 1500

HST 485: Seminar in Asian History

HST 803: Methods of Historical Research

IAH 204: Asia and the World

Charles Keith

Position: Assistant Professor

Field: Cultural, Political, Religious

Region: Southeast Asia

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Office: 216 Old Horticulture

Office Hours: Friday 9:30-11:30


Phone: (517) 884-4920