Nguyễn-võ Thu-hương

Associate Professor

UCLA Asian Language & Culture
248B Royce Hall
Box 951540
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
M.A., California State University, Long Beach

Areas of Interest

Professor Nguyễn-võ's expertise spans Women's Studies in Vietnam, Southeast Asian Political Science and Asian American Studies. Her recent publications include "Who You Truly Are: The Global Imaginary of Labor Division and Governmental Rehabilitation of Sex-Workers in Vietnam" and Khmer-Viet Rlations and the Third Indochina Conflict. She served as the editor of Doi Thoai, a forum for political discussion by contributors in Vietnam and the Vietnamese diaspora and played a founding role in Tram Hoa Van No & Nhung Van De Viet Nam, a publication for the Vietnamese diaspora of writings from Vietnam. Until her appointment beginning with the academic year 2001-02, Professor Nguyễn-võ had been teaching in the College of Liberal Studies at California State University in Los Angeles since completing her Ph.D. in Political Science in 1998.

In her own words, Professor Nguyễn-võ describes her current research as an examination of "the negotiations of garment workers in Vietnam and in the diaspora in Southern California in relation to differing governmental practices and codes of consumption. The purpose is to interrogate class in a transnational economy, as well as class as a category of analysis in Cultural Studies. If Vietnamese workers in Vietnam and Vietnamese immigrant workers in the US share a racialized and feminized labor location in global production, could we say that they constitute a transnational class whose members share class significations and perceptions or solidarity? I examine workers' narratives of work relations and objects consumed; body significations through the use of consumers' products of soap, shampoo, cosmetics, clothing, and jewelry; literary representations of garment workers' subjectivities; governmental subject-making practices like mobilization campaigns and government labor union practices."


Nguyễn-võ Thu-hương holds a split appointment in Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies. Her research deals with governance and the neoliberal global economy, and currently focuses on questions of politics in relation to the epistemology and ontology of death.  Her current book project explores collective action, as well as literary and visual art by Vietnamese nationals and diasporics who must live with violence in economy and politics. She teaches graduate seminars in critical theory and undergraduate courses in Vietnamese and Vietnamese American politics and culture.


  • “Epitaphic Nation: The Problem of the South and Necropolitics in Early Modern Vietnamese Literature,” PMLA 126: 3 (2011): 685-692.
  • “The Real and the True: Neoliberalism and Gender Governance in Vietnam,” in Gender Inequalities in Asia, ed. Helle Rydstrom. NIAS Press, 2010: 44-68.
  • The Ironies of Freedom: Sex, Culture, and Neoliberal Governance in Vietnam. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2008.
  • “History Interrupted: Life after Material Death in South Vietnamese and Diasporic Fiction,” Journal of Vietnamese Studies, 3:1 (2008): 1-35.
  • Insa Art Space Journal BOL Winter 2007. Special Issue Vietnam and US, editor of poetry section.