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Yen Vu

Yen Vu
Yen Vu

Visiting Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Christian A. Johnson 219

Yen Vu's research has focused on Vietnamese intellectual history, youth, and ideas of freedom via a range of francophone literary forms. She’s taught courses in French and literature at Cornell University and at the University of Pennsylvania. 

A California native, Vu earned a bachelor’s degree in French and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. She obtained her master’s in French Studies from New York University, recently receiving her doctorate from Cornell University. She enjoys arts such as writing and performance, and received a Cornell Council of the Arts grant for her original play Dans la zone libre.

Recent Courses Taught

Elementary French
Written and Oral Argumentation through Contemporary Texts
Communication in Francophone Cultural Contexts: Intermediate French II

Research Interests

Colonial and intellectual history in France and Vietnam
20th century Francophone literature
Travel and Diaspora narratives
Autobiographical and memorial writing
Postcolonial theory and the politics of language

Select Publications

  • “Pham Quynh, borrowed language, and the ambivalences of colonial discourse.” Forthcoming in Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 2020.
  • “Contested Kinship: Vietnamese Prodigal sons and ideas of rootedness” Diaspora: Journal of Transnational Studies, Vol. 20, no. 3, January 2020.
  • Review of Ship of Fate, by Tran Dinh Tru, trans. by Jana Lipman and Bae Hoai Tran. Southeast Asian Studies. Vol. 7 no. 1, 2018.

Professional Affiliations

American Comparative Literature Association 
Modern Language Association 
French Colonial Historical Society 
Life Member - Psi Chi International Psychology Honors Society

Appointed to the Faculty: 2019

Educational Background

Ph.D., Cornell University
M.A., New York University
B.A., University of California, Berkeley

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