Thuyen Viet Truong

PhD Candidate


Areas of Interest

  • World Literature
  • Diaspora and Transnational Studies
  • Cold War; Marxism and Critical Theory
  • Asia-Pacific Literature and Cultural Studies


Thuyen Viet Truong (he/him) is a doctoral student in the Department of English with general interests in world literature and the Global South, diaspora and decolonization, Asia-Pacific and Eurasian studies. His research centers on Cold War cultural diplomacies—from para-literary organizations to international awards, from writers' conferences to book programs—and explores how they re-inscribe the ethos of past civilizing missions only to re-incarnate into developmental policies and practices in the twenty-first century. Future projects include (1) charting the impacts of the global war on drugs from Central Asia to South America and (2) reading Anglophone South/East Asian literature and indigenous Pacific Islander writings in relations: comparison, companion, convergence.