Welcome to my website! I am a Ph.D candidate in the department of political science at the University of California, Riverside.
In our globalizing world, it is increasingly imperative that we take cross-cultural approaches to thinking about politics. My work is the first to show how Vietnamese intellectuals intervene in discussions of 'political theory.' My book project examines how Vietnamese thinkers drew on Chinese notions of justice, rights, and political obligation in order to debate the utility of European and American liberal and democratic ideas for strategies of decolonization from French colonial rule (1858-1954).
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 papers, here.
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.