Charles Keith

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

Curriculum Vitae

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). It has been translated into Vietnamese.

Professor Keith’s next book, Going West: Indochinese in Colonial France, explores the experiences of Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians in France during the colonial era, and the influence of these migrations on colonial and postcolonial societies in mainland Southeast Asia.

Professor Keith is 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.  He also currently serves as co-editor of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies.