About me | Research | Hmongdom | Impact | CV


  • “Hmong Christianisation, the will to improve and the question of neoliberalism in Vietnam’s highlands” in European Journal of East Asian Studies (2021)
  • “Rumours, Sects and Rallies: The Ethnic Politics of Recent Hmong Millenarian Movements in Vietnam’s Highlands” in Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol. 46, No. 2: 1347-67 (2018)
  • “Historical Continuities and Changes in the Ethnic Politics of Transnational Hmong Millenarianism” – accepted to be published in Asian Studies (forthcoming)
  • “Hmong Christian pioneers in Vietnam’s highlands: Competing, cooperating with and mimicking state governance” – awaiting revision feedback in Social Anthropology
  • Book manuscript: “Alternative Routes to Development? Religious Transformation, Resistance, and Empowerment on a Neoliberal Frontier in Vietnam’s Highlands” under review at University of Wisconsin Press
  • “The Commodification of Culture in Vietnam’s Northern Highlands” in Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, Issue 21 (2017)
  • “Methods of Manipulation: Propaganda, Ethnicity and Representation in Vietnamese Water Puppetry” in Asian Affairs, Vol. 96, No. 2 (2015)
  • Book reviews:
    • Jonathan Padwe’s “Disturbed Forests, Fragmented Memories: Jarai and Other Lives in the Cambodian Highlands” in South East Asia Research (forthcoming)
    • Lonan O’Briain’s “Musical Minorities: The Sounds of Hmong Ethnicity in Northern Vietnam” in Asian Studies (2019)
    • Tam Ngo’s “The New Way: Protestantism and the Hmong in Vietnam” in Southeast Asian Studies, Vol. 7 (2018)

Academic Awards

  • 2021: Awarded ISRF Independent Scholar Fellowship
    • Ethnographic research of undocumented Vietnamese migrants in the UK
  • 2020: Awarded ESRC Postdoctoral Impact Innovation Fellowship
    • Project: “Peer to peer business development in upland South East Asia”
    • Engaging and collaborating with regional civil society and state actors to translate academic research into meaningful impact
  • 2020-21: Awarded Early Career Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Warwick
  • 2015-2019: Completed PhD with no corrections from University of Warwick’s Department of Politics and International Studies
    • Research Topic: “Alternative routes to development? The everyday political economy of Christianisation among a marginalised ethnic minority in Vietnam”
    • Awarded 4-year PhD Scholarship from the ESRC
  • 2017-2019: Secured £10,000 of funding from Warwick Ventures, International Development GRP, Lord Rootes Memorial Fund, and ASEASUK for Hmongdom
  • 2013-14: MA South East Asian Studies – distinction from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
    • Awarded Research Preparation Scholarship from the Arts & Humanities Research
    • Dissertation: historical and ethnic dynamics of millenarian movements in South East Asia
  • 2013: Sir Peter Holmes Memorial Award from the Royal Society for Asian Affairs
    • Funding to research Vietnamese water puppetry
  • 2007-11: BA Vietnamese and Development Studies – 1st class honours from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Lectures & Conferences

  • “Intersections between religious and economic transformations among ethnic Hmong communities in the Northwest Highlands” at Vietnam Studies Research Snapshots Webinar Series (July 2020)
  • “Christianisation among a marginalised ethnic minority group in Vietnam: from female-led conversion to male pastor development brokers” at DSA Annual Conference (June 2020)
  • “Alternative routes to development? Hmong Christianisation and the question of neoliberalism in Vietnam’s highlands” at The Good Life in Late Socialist Asia, Bielefeld, Germany (Sep 2019)
  • “Hmong Christian pioneers in Vietnam’s highlands: competing, cooperating with and mimicking state governance” at EuroSEAS Conference, Berlin, Germany (Sep 2019)
  • “The Old Way vs the New Way: emerging ethno-religious dichotomies and connections among the Hmong of Vietnam’s Highlands and beyond” at Engaging with Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Dec 2018)
  • “Gender relations and cultural transformation among the Hmong of Vietnam” lecture at Hanoi National University for Social Sciences, National Institute for Culture and Arts Studies and Ho Chi Minh National University for Social Sciences (Dec 2018)
  • “Spiritual Economies: Hmong Christian conversion and neoliberal advance in upland Vietnam” at ASEAS Conference, Leeds (Sep 2018)
  • “Insider-outsider dynamics and the ethics of reciprocity in Vietnam’s highlands” at Doing Difficult Research, Warwick (Aug 2018)
  • “Religious change and everyday politics among the Hmong of South East Asia” lecture at Walailak University, Thailand (Feb 2018)
  • “Alternative Routes to Development? The Political Economy of Christian Conversion among a Marginalised Ethnic Minority in Vietnam’s Highlands” at SOAS, London (Nov 2017), Religion & Poverty Conference, Salzburg (Sep 2017) & EuroSEAS Conference, Oxford (Aug 2017)
  • “Millenarianism and Ethnicity” lecture at SOAS, London (March 2017)
  • “Changing Dynamics of Millenarian Movements in the Ethnic Politics of South East Asia” at CenSAMM Conference, Bedworth (Apr 2017), 5th Annual Hmong Studies Conference, Chiang Mai (Jan 2017), ASEASUK Conference, London (Sep 2016) & AAR Annual Conference, Atlanta (Nov 2015)
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