I am a Ph.D candidate in the department of political science at the University of California, Riverside. My current research examines how Vietnamese thinkers (without their own “indigenous” intellectual tradition) drew on Chinese notions of justice, rights, and political obligation in order to debate the utility of European Enlightenment political ideas for strategies of decolonization from French colonial rule (1858-1954). Political theory has overlooked Vietnamese intellectuals, who offer insights into contemporary political theory debates concerning democracy, modernity, gender, and freedom. .
My research has been funded by the Humane Studies Fellowship (George Mason University) and a Graduate Student Mentorship Program award (University of California, Riverside).
My intellectual training and recent publications have explored theories of conquest, empire, colonization, war, and concepts of freedom and democracy through cross-cultural analysis that complicates and enhances the way we understand the canon of political theory. See the abstracts for my publications, here.