Associate Professor of Asian American Studies
Southeast Asian American history and contemporary issues, mixed race and gender theories, Fashionology, Aesthetics, Diaspora, and Transnationalism Studies.
Dr. Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde is Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She was a Fulbright, Rockefeller, and Luce scholar. Her teaching, research, and organizing interests include: Southeast Asian American history and contemporary issues, mixed race and gender theories, higher education, social movements, fashionology, national aesthetics, spirit realm, diaspora, and transnationalism studies. Prof. Valverde is the director of the New Viet Nam Studies Initiative that brings together scholars globally from the Social Sciences/Humanities and STEM to work on collaborative research regarding the development of Viet Nam. She authored Transnationalizing Viet Nam: Community, Culture, and Politics in the Diaspora (Temple University Press 2012). She recently finalized a co-edited anthology with emphasis on empirical research revealing the ways in which Asian American women scholars are severely mistreated in the academy and their resistance to this structural injustice, “Fight the Tower.” She is also currently working on her manuscript examining national (re)branding projects with focus on Viet Nam’s development in the area of sustainability and sovereignty. Her future research project involves looking at spirit realm beliefs and the history of its exclusion from the US academy, as well as the importance of its return.