Personal profile

Biography

I am a Southeast Asianist, ethnographer, and final-year doctoral researcher in the School of Global Development at the University of East Anglia. For my PhD thesis, I am writing an ethnography of COVID-19 in Vietnam. This draws on 18 months of field research conducted during the pandemic in a working-class community in Ho Chi Minh City. I intend to pursue postdoctoral study and convert my thesis into a monograph. Before entering academia, I led a team of City Hall researchers supporting elected politicians to campaign for social and environmental justice for Londoners. 

In collaboration with Vietnamese colleagues, I am leading research projects funded by the British Museum and the Arts and Humanities Research Council documenting endangered cultural heritage in Vietnam. My research has additionally been supported by the Leverhulme Trust, the Postcolonial Studies Association, the Social History Society, Arts Council England, and a Cumberland Lodge Fellowship.

I was recently appointed to the UK Young Academy (UKYA) - a network of early career academics, professionals and innovators partnered with the Royal Society and the British Academy - in recognition of achievements in my research career to date. 

Teaching Interests

I am currently supervising postgraduate dissertations at UEA. In 2023, I taught final year undergraduates on 'Issues in Cities and Development' and postgraduates on 'Human and Critical Security Studies', both within the Department of Development Studies at SOAS. Since 2020, I have taught on eight other modules in UEA's School of Global Development and in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, including Research Methods in Social Anthropology and Introduction to Anthropology which I also convened (see syllabus).

Key Research Interests

Vietnam, South East Asia, ethnography, urban studies, memory

Career

Peer review

  • UKRI Talent Peer Review College - Member (Mar 2023 - Feb 2025)
  • Asian Affairs - journal of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs
  • African and Asian Studies journal

Conference attendance:

  • Post Socialist Memory Studies conference (Sep 2020) - panellist on session 'Museums and Memory: War, Patriotism and Trauma' (online)
  • Association of Asian Studies conference (Mar 2021) – individual paper outlining doctoral research (online)
  • 'Conducting Field Research in Social Sciences', Van Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Jun 2021) - presentation on methodological approach to PhD fieldwork (online)
  • American Anthropological Association annual meeting (Nov 2022) individual paper on the panel 'Work, value, aesthetics and the liminality of life in East Asia' (online)
  • Presented ongoing British Museum cultural heritage documentation project with three Vietnamese co-investigators and research assistants at 'Bridging epistemic divides in cultural heritage protection' workshop, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (May 2023)
  • Presented ongoing AHRC/GCRF funded COVID-19 material heritage project at 'Heritage, Community, Archives: Methods, Case Studies, Collaboration' conference, Sheffield Hallam University (June 2023)

Guest lectures/invited talks:

  • Invited by Dr Rylan Higgins to deliver guest lecture 'Anthropology of the COVID-19 pandemic' (Nov 2021) - presented data from fieldwork on COVID-19 in Vietnam to University of St Mary's anthropology students and patrons of Halifax Public Library (Canada) (online)
  • Invited by Dr Tram Luong to deliver guest lecture 'Life and liminality during COVID-19: an ethnography of pandemic in Ho Chi Minh City' to students of 'SOC1109 Ethnographic Research Methods' at Fulbright University Vietnam (Nov 2022)
  • Invited by Professor Erik Harms to present 'Reality revealed anew: Ho Chi Minh City during pandemic season' at Yale Council on Southeast Asia Studies (Nov 2023)

I am a member of:

  • the Vietnam Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies -  executive committee member since 2021
  • the Association of South East Asian Studies UK (ASEASUK)
  • the Social History Society
  • the Postcolonial Studies Association

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Member, UK Young Academy

Mar 2024Mar 2029

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

May 2023 → …

Member, UKRI Talent Peer Review College

1 Mar 202328 Feb 2025

Teaching Fellow, SOAS, University of London

Jan 2023Oct 2023

Fellow, Cumberland Lodge

Sep 2019Sep 2021