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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 titled 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.
PhD 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)
World History I&II
History of Asia
Modern East Asia
Modern Middle East
Vietnam: A History
International Relations
Specialization/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
Achievements / Awards
Frederick Burkhardt residential fellowship of the American Council of Learned Societies (2019-2020) Visiting Scholar, Council on Southeast Asian studies, The MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University (2019-2020)


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, "Coal Mining, Forest Management, and Deforestation in French Colonial Vietnam." Environmental History, Vol. 26, Issue 2, April 2021, 255–277,
  • Thuy Linh Nguyen, "Dynamite, opium and a transnational shadow economy at Tonkinese coal mines." Modern Asian Studies 54, no. 6 (2020): 1876–1904.
  • Thuy Linh Nguyen, "Overpopulation, Racial Degeneracy and Birth Control in French Colonial Vietnam." Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 19, no. 3, Winter 2018,
  • John Barnshaw, Fulya Apaydin, Tara Deubel, Kathryn Dolan, Karen Greiner and Thuy Nguyen, "Crisis in the Gulf of Mexico: Discourse, Policy, and Governance in Post-catastrophe Environments." 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.
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