Social Sciences Faculty

Thuy Linh Nguyen

Associate Professor of History


Doctor of Philosphy in History, University of Pennsylvania 
M. Phil in International Relations, University of Cambridge 
BA in International Relations, The Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (former Institute for International Relations)

Office: Whittaker Hall, 106
Office Hours: MW 9-10 am
Phone: 845-569-3649


Thuy Linh Nguyen is a historian of modern Vietnam. She received her PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania, and is the author of a book Childbirth, Maternity and Medical Pluralism in French Colonial Vietnam, 1880-1945 (University of Rochester Press, 2016). She is currently working on a project on the transnational history of mining and revolution in northern Vietnam. This project explores the French discovery and exploitation of coal, zinc and other mineral resources in Tonkin and the impact of the extractive industry on the local communities, environment, labor, the economy, and the larger revolutionary movements in Vietnam.

Dr. Nguyen is the recent recipient Frederick Burkhardt fellowship of the American Council of Learned Societies. For the academic year of 2019-2020, she will be a Visiting Scholar at the Council on Southeast Asian Studies of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University.


World History I and II survey
History of Asia
Modern East Asia
Modern Middle East
International Relations
The Cold War

Specializations/Areas of Research Interest

Modern Vietnam
Comparative Empires
East Asian transnationalism

Memberships and Professional Associations

The Association for Asian Studies
The French Colonial Historical Society
The Vietnamese studies group


Book manuscript 
Thuy Linh Nguyen, Childbirth, Maternity and Medical Pluralism in French Colonial Vietnam, 1880-1945 (University of Rochester Press for the Rochester Series in Medical History, Nov. 2016): 256 pages

Peer-reviewed articles
Thuy Linh Nguyen, "Dynamite, opium and a transnational shadow economy at Tonkinese coal mines," (Forthcoming on Modern Asian Studies)

Thuy Linh Nguyen, “Overpopulation, Racial Degeneracy and Birth Control in French Colonial Vietnam.” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 19, no. 3, Winter 2018

“Crisis in the Gulf of Mexico: Discourse, Policy, and Governance in Post-catastrophe Environments”, John Barnshaw, Fulya Apaydin, Tara Deubel, Kathryn Dolan, Karen Greiner and Thuy Nguyen, Journal of Applied Social Science, Vol. 6, No. 2 (2012): 133–148

Thuy Linh Nguyen, “French-educated Midwives and the Medicalization of Childbirth in Colonial Vietnam,” Journal of Vietnamese Studies, Vol. 5, No.2 (Summer 2010):133–182.

Portrait of: Thuy Linh Nguyen