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Nhung Tuyet Tran
Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Southeast Asian History, University of Toronto

Nhung Tuyet Tran is Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Southeast Asian History at the University of Toronto.  She was trained in Chinese history at the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. & Ph.D. Studies) and Southeast Asian history at the UCLA (Ph.D.).  Her intellectual interests lie at the intersection of gender, law, and religious practice in early modern Vietnamese society. " She has published in the Journal of Asian Studies and Gender and History and is the co-editor of Viet Nam: Borderless Histories (U.Wisconsin, 2006), a collection of revisionist essays on Vietnamese History.

Her published and forthcoming works problemmatise the links between the appropriation of Vietnamese gender relations to construct Vietnamese historical identity.  She is also working on a project that explores the social and cultural history of Vietnamese Catholicism using written sources written in the demotic script, chu nom.  She has organized several international conferences on Vietnamese Studies and is involved in initiatives that bridge the gaps between Vietnamese and Western scholarship on Viet Nam.

For her fellowship, Professor Tran completed her manuscript on the social history of gender, titled, “Vietnamese Women at the Crossroads of Southeast Asia: Gender and Society in the Early Modern Period." She also continued working on a monograph-length cultural history of Vietnamese Catholicism in the same period.

Professor Tran was in residence at the Clayman Institute from September 2008 to June 2009.