I am a Ph.D candidate at the University of California, Riverside. My dissertation explores the political thought of five influential Vietnamese thought-leaders of the French colonial period in Vietnam. I analyze their 1920s Vietnamese and French language writings, showing how they interpreted, challenged, and reworked "Western" ideas for their own ends. I show that there are many lessons for political theorists. My project is part of the emerging field of "comparative political theory" which seeks to explore political thought from outside the West.
I am interested in how political ideas cross cultures, through time and space. My published work has explored how a Vietnamese nationalist borrowed ideas from the West, how a French novelist borrowed ideas from Spanish-Incan historian, and how American political theorists borrowed ideas from a sixteenth-century French essayist. See the abstracts for these, here.