Welcome to my website! I am a Ph.D candidate in the department of political science at the University of California, Riverside. My intellectual training and recent publications have explored non-Western political thought, theories of colonialism, otherness/identity, and concepts of freedom and democracy through cross-cultural analysis that complicates and enhances the way we understand the canon of political theory.
My dissertation and book project examines how influential Vietnamese thinkers (from a “peripheral” nation without its own “indigenous” intellectual tradition) drew on Chinese notions of justice and political obligation in order to debate the utility of European Enlightenment political ideas for self-determination from French colonial rule (1858-1954). I show how Vietnamese intellectuals interpreted, challenged, and adapted the ideas of Rousseau, Montesquieu, Nietzsche, and Marx for their own anti-colonial projects.
My work appears in journals such as The Review of Politics, Polity, The European Legacy, Montaigne Studies, and Contemporary Political Theory.
I completed a B.A. in political science at the University of California, Irvine and a M.Sc. in Conflict Resolution and Governance at the University of Amsterdam.