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Graduate Students

Victoria Huynh

Fields of Study

critical refugee studies, prison abolition, feminist social movements, southeast asian diaspora, trauma and ancestral memory





Bio & Research Interests

Victoria (she/her) is a PhD candidate in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and a recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship. Her dissertation centers on Southeast Asian refugee communities and their fight against California’s prison to deportation pipeline. She volunteers with the Asian Prisoner Support Committee and helps teach ROOTS, an Ethnic Studies course in San Quentin State Prison.

Beyond her U.S.-based work, Victoria is also interested in Vietnamese anti-colonial history, literary translation, and spiritual practice. She previously received a B.A. in Ethnic Studies at Brown University, where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow.


Huynh J, Huynh V, lê mads, Sy S. Toward a Politics of Care: Southeast Asian Refugee Organizing, Kinship, Care, and Reunion. Health Promotion Practice. 2023;0(0). doi:10.1177/15248399231164411 (invited submission)

Awards & Fellowships

Davis-Putter Scholarship, 2024

John L. Simpson ABD Research Fellowship in International & Area Studies, UC Berkeley, 2024

MMUF Travel & Research Grant, Institute for Citizens & Scholars, 2024

SEALIVES Research Grant, UC Berkeley, 2024

Foreign Language & Area Studies Summer Grant, UC Berkeley , 2024

Foreign Language & Area Studies AY Grant, UC Berkeley, 2023-2024

Institute for International Studies Pre-Dissertation Grant, UC Berkeley, 2023

Asia Pacific American Religions Research Initiative (APARRI) Grant, UC Berkeley, 2023

Asian American Research Center Grant, UC Berkeley, 2021

Beinecke Scholarship, Sperry Fund, 2018

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Brown University, 2017-2019