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Ngoc-Mai Phan

Asian American History; Asian Diasporas; Vietnam and Vietnamese American Studies; Identity Formations; Religion, Race, and Ethnicity

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Advisors: Catherine Ceniza Choy, Carolyn Chen, Lok Siu, and Peter Zinoman (History Department)

Bio & Research Interests

Ngọc-Mai Phan is a doctoral student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. Her research project explores the history and religiosity of Vietnamese Catholics in the United States and in Vietnam through the lens of religious youth organizations and leaders. The project is interdisciplinary as it tries to apply both a historical and sociological examination to the influence of ethnoreligious youth organizations on Vietnamese Catholics’ sense of belonging, identity formation, and socio-political community engagement. This project incorporates Ngọc-Mai’s interests on the history of the Vietnam War, Vietnamese communities in the U.S. and Vietnam, and Vietnamese religious youth organizations that serve as transnational networks for Vietnamese diasporic communities to engage in global religions.


  • M.A., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley in May 2019
  • B.A., History with Ethnic Studies Minor, University of California, San Diego in May 2015

Fellowships and Awards

May 2020 – Aug 2020 | Summer 2020 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship: Advanced Vietnamese

Apr 2020 | Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award

Aug 2019 – May 2020 | Mentored Research Award

Aug 2019 – May 2020 | Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship: Intermediate Vietnamese

Apr 2019 | Department of Ethnic Studies’ Summer Research Grant

Feb 2019 | Graduate Fellowships Office’s Spring 2019 Conference Travel Grant

Dec 2018 – May 2019 | Getting into Graduate School Program Mentor Stipend

Jul 2018 | Graduate Fellowships Office’s Summer 2018 Conference Travel Grant

Aug 2017 – May 2019 | Department of Ethnic Studies’ Block Grant Award

Aug 2017 – May 2018 | Eugene Cota Robles Fellowship for Graduate Study