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Victoria Huynh

Bio & Research Interests

Critical refugee studies, decolonial Vietnamese studies, feminist approaches to abolition, gender justice




Victoria (Thanh Nguyen) is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She’s a second-generation Vietnamese American who grew up in San Diego, CA. Her research focuses on Vietnamese refugee experiences in the California carceral state, and abolitionist organizing circuits across northern + southern California and Vietnam. Her core fields (as of now) are critical refugee studies, feminist approaches to abolition/transformative justice, and decolonial Vietnamese studies.

Victoria graduated from Brown University in 2019 with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies as a Mellon Mays Fellow & Beinecke Scholar. Outside of her work as a grad student and community organizer, she’s also an avid reader and writer—you can find her (non-academic) work here!