LOS ANGELES (May 28, 2013) — The UCLA Asian American Studies Center announce Tuesday the appointment of Professor Nguyen-vo Thu-huong as its Associate Director for 2013-14. She will begin her duties effective July 1, 2013.
“We look forward to all that Professor Nguyen-vo will bring to the Asian American Studies Center community in the coming academic year as Associate Director,” said David K. Yoo, Director and Professor of UCLA AASC. “Please join me in congratulating Professor Nguyen-vo Thu-huong on her appointment.”
Dr. Nguyen-vo Thu-huong is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Asian Languages and Cultures and Asian American Studies at UCLA. 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.
Nguyen-vo’s most recent 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. Some of her publications include: The Ironies of Freedom: Sex, Culture, and Neoliberal Governance in Vietnam (University of Washington Press, 2008); “Forking Paths: How Shall We Mourn the Dead?” Amerasia Journal 31:2 (2005): 157-175; “History Interrupted: Life after Material Death in South Vietnamese and Diasporic Fiction,” Journal of Vietnamese Studies, 3:1 (2008): 1-35; and “Epitaphic Nation: The Problem of the South and Necropolitics in Early Modern Vietnamese Literature,” PMLA 126: 3 (2011): 685-692.
Nguyen-vo began participating in community publications as a young teen in the late 1970s, and also worked with political and literary forums from the 1990s through the 2000s such as Tram Hoa Van No, Nhung Van De Viet Nam, Doi Thoai, and Hop Luu. As a fictional writer in Vietnamese, she remains involved in community art organizations and events. In addition, Nguyen-vo serves in advisory roles to the Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association, the Vietnamese International Film Festival, and Vietnamese American student organizations.
Nguyen-vo received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine in 1998. She taught at California State University, Los Angeles before joining UCLA in 2001.
The Asian American Studies Center has long drawn on its remarkable faculty members to bring their programs of research into the Center, and the rotating Associate Director position provides an opportunity to showcase the work of a member of the Center’s Faculty Advisory Committee and her or his graduate students. The Center is thankful for the service and valuable contributions of outgoing Associate Director, Professor Ninez Ponce of the School of Public Health whose term will end on June 30, 2013.