Peter B. Zinoman

Office Hours: 
Tuesday/Thursday, 2:10–3 p.m. (Spring 2018)
2313 Dwinelle
(510) 642-2234

PhD, Cornell University
BA, Tufts University

Curriculum Vitae: 
Research Interests: 

Southeast Asian History: Vietnam


Academic Awards and Honors

Association of Asian Studies Harry J. Benda Prize for Southeast Asia Studies (2003)

American Historical Association John King Fairbank Award for East Asian History (2001)

Professional Service

Co-Editor, Journal of Vietnamese Studies (2005-present)

Co-director, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project (2003-present)

Chair, Center for Southeast Asia Studies (2003-2008)

Resident Director, UC Education Abroad Program, Vietnam (2001)

Representative Publications: 

Editor/annotator/translator, Dumb Luck: A Novel by Vu Trong Phung (University of Michigan Press, 2002), includes Introduction, "Vu Trong Phung's Dumb Luck and the Nature of Vietnamese Modernism"

The Colonial Bastille: A History of Imprisonment in Vietnam, 1862-1940(Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001).

"Reading Revolutionary Prison Memoirs," in The Country of Memory: Remaking the Past in Late Socialist Vietnam, Hue Tam Ho Tai, ed. (University of California Press, 2001).

"Colonial Prisons and Anti-Colonial Revolt: The Thai Nguyen Rebellion, 1917", Modern Asian Studies, 34:1 (2000).

"The History of the Colonial Prison and the Case of Indochina," in Figures of Criminality in Indonesia, the Philippines and Colonial Vietnam, Vicente Rafael, ed. (Cornell University Southeast Asia Program, 1999).

"Declassifying Nguyen Huy Thiep" in Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique (Durham: Duke University Press, 1995).


Semester Course Title Syllabus
Spring 2018 111D Vietnam at War
Fall 2018 280F Advanced Studies — Asia
Spring 2017 111B Modern Southeast Asia
Spring 2017 280F.002 Readings in Vietnamese History and Historiography
Fall 2017 111C Political and Cultural History of Vietnam
Fall 2017 280F.002 Vietnam War Controversies
Spring 2016 111D Vietnam at War
Fall 2016 280F.001 History of Nationalism in Asia
Fall 2015 285F Southeast Asia
Spring 2015 111B Modern Southeast Asia