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ABOUT

I am Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde, an Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and the Founding Director of the New Viet Nam Studies Initiative at the University of California, Davis. I received a B.A. in Political Science and a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. The creation of kieulinh.com is to allow my students, colleagues, and interested parties to have a better understanding of my scholarship and the motivations behind my work. On each page, you can find stories of my journey in academia and beyond.

RESEARCH

Who gets to say they make a living doing what they absolutely love? Me! I am fortunate enough to claim my career is about learning. Research for me means gathering knowledge, uncovering important truths, and framing it theoretically in a way that even non-academics can understand. Essentially, my work allows me to contribute to society through text.

Methods

My unique personal history and experiences helped shape my choice of methodologies.It is influenced by my direct observations of the world around me and the ways it affects the groups I affiliate with or am close to.

Study and Development

I am researching for my second solo-authored manuscript, “Nation (Re)branding for Sustainability and Sovereignty,” which argues that one way to create a prosperous and sustainable nation is to have a clear image or (re)branding of the nation that the government and people support, while having this image tied directly to a national production or industry.

WRITING

Philosophy

I espouse to the idea that research can and should extend beyond academia. My personal belief, having been trained in the tradition of Ethnic Studies, is that education for the people is by the people.

Publications

Click below to browse through a list of my publications and see what my work is all about.

TEACHING

Philosphy and Pedagogy

I chose the academic field knowing it would always provide me with a way to connect with students and, hence, with the future. Undergraduate and graduate students, in particular, are the backbone of all ethnic studies–based programs.

Mentorship

The multitude of projects that I am involved in would not be successful without the help of all the research assistants.

Courses

Because education is a right, and for many, a privilege, I take teaching seriously and in turn demand a great deal from my students as expressed through my rigorous curriculum. I have developed courses that will help enhance student learning and prepare them for their lives in the virtual and real worlds.

Testimonials

Click to see all the merits of working with me whether it be through taking a course, or becoming a research assistant.

COMMUNITIES

Communities

Community is possibly one of the trickiest words to define. Mainly this is because it takes on so many forms. We all come with our unique understanding of what community means to us, and how we are or are not a part of it. I have a broad view of this concept and personally accept the idea and belong to communities that are based on: ethnicity, gender, geography, and even virtual. I invite you to explore my experiences in the diverse spaces I have and continue to occupy.

NEW VIET NAM STUDIES INITIATIVE

New Viet Nam Studies Initiative

With a population of 92.7 million, 70% of which are under 40 years old, and a literacy rate of 97.3 percent, Viet Nam – the fastest growing nation in Southeast Asia – has moved rapidly in international economic ranking, with the goal of becoming a ‘middle income’ nation in the next 10-20 years. The signing of international trade agreements and visits from heads of states begs the question of how increasing open trade and warming of relations with superpowers will strengthen Viet Nam’s economy while maintaining its sovereignty.

Links

Website

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PRESS

Press

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MEDIA

Media

As a self-proclaimed techie, I pride myself in keeping up with the latest and greatest. There are limits to my bold proclamation though, namely, I am not a trained software or hardware engineer. Still, thanks to the rapid technological advances that appear daily, I do not require training in the traditional sense at all.

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CONTACT

Department of Asian American Studies

3102 Hart Hall
University of California at Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

cvalverde@ucdavis.edu, kieulinh@gmail.com

Phone | (530) 752-2069

Fax | (530) 752-9260