Charles Keith


Ph.D., Yale University, 2008

A.B., Cornell University, 1999





Charles Keith is an historian of modern Vietnam.  He is the author of Catholic Vietnam: A Church from Empire to Nation (University of California Press, 2012). Catholic Vietnam has received the 2015 Harry J. Benda Book Prize (Association for Asian Studies), the 2013 Alf Andrew Heggoy Book Prize (French Colonial Historical Society), and the 2013 John Gilmary Shea Book Prize (American Catholic Historical Association). His next book, Indochina in France: Colonial Subjects, Cosmopolitan Lives, explores the experiences of Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians in France during the colonial era, and the influence of their metropolitan migrations for colonial and postcolonial societies in mainland Southeast Asia. He is also co-Principal Investigator of the MSU Vietnam Group Archive, an NEH-funded project to digitize and disseminate materials generated by Michigan State’s technical assistance programs in South Vietnam from 1955-1962.  Professor Keith currently serves as co-editor of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies.


Position: Associate Professor

Field: Cultural, Political, Religious

Region: Southeast Asia

Office: 211 Old Horticulture

Office Hours: Friday 9:30-11:30


Phone: (517) 884-4916

Book Cover Catholic Vietnam: A Church From Empire to Nation

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