I am a PhD candidate and previously a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Last spring I taught History 458: Southeast Asia since 1800. Recently I spent a year in France with support from a Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship to complete my dissertation research. There I worked in diplomatic, military, colonial, and departmental archives located in Paris, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, and Cannes.
In 2014 I received a Boren NSEP Fellowship and spent twelve months performing research in archives and libraries from Saigon to Dalat o Hanoi. The John A. Adams Center at the Virginia Military Institute also provided support for my research in 2013.
My dissertation project centers on issues of collaboration, nationalism, and state transformation in Vietnam during the First Indochina War. I focus on the history of the State of Vietnam (Quốc gia Việt Nam or État du Viêt-Nam), a French-sponsored and non-communist state that opposed the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. To complete this project I worked in Vietnamese, French, British, and American archives.
My research interests include contemporary Vietnam and Southeast Asia, the global Cold War, and US diplomatic history. I am also interested in contemporary foreign affairs, in particular the conflicts in the South China Sea and the efficacy of foreign military advising missions.
Previously I attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.