Peter Zinoman


Ph.D. Cornell (History) 1996

(510) 642-2234
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Peter Zinoman is a member of both the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies as well as the History Department. He is currently serving as Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies. He teaches introductory survey courses on early and recent Southeast Asian history and on modern Vietnam and graduate seminars on the comparative history of Southeast Asian colonialism, nationalism and communism. His research interests include the cultural, social, and political history of modern Vietnam and the history of 20th century Vietnamese literature. His works include The Colonial Bastille: A History of Imprisonment in Vietnam, 1862-1940 (UC Press, 2001) and a translation (with Nguyen Nguyet Cam) of the colonial-era novel, Dumb Luck (University of Michigan Press, 2002). He is currently writing a book on Vu Trong Phung and the emergence of modernism in Vietnam. See his profile in the Department of History.