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 the transformation from a missionary-led Church to a national Church in Vietnam in three broad contexts: institutional and ideological change in the global Catholic world, the rise and fall of French colonial rule, and sociocultural change brought about by a rise in literacy and the spread of print culture. Catholic Vietnam has received the 2012-2013 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, forthcoming.
“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 talawas.org, 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