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 1:30-2:30 pm
Phone: 845-569-3649


Thuy Linh Nguyen is an assistant professor of History at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, and is the author of a new 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 coal mining and revolution in northern Vietnam. This project explores the French discovery and exploitation of coal mines in Tonkin and the impact of the coal industry on the local communities and environment, labor, the economy, and the larger revolutionary movements in Vietnam.


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

Research Interests
Research interests: Modern Vietnam and Southeast Asia, 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” (Forthcoming on the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History)

“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