I am an independent scholar of Southeast Asia and Vietnam. In 2018, I earned a PhD in Southeast Asian history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to that, 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.
Before working in France, I held a Boren NSEP Fellowship in Vietnam and spent twelve months performing research in archives and libraries from Saigon to Dalat and 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.
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.