Peter B. Zinoman



PhD, Cornell University

BA, Tufts University

Research Interests

Southeast Asian History: Vietnam

Academic Awards & 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)


Vietnamese Colonial Republican: The Political Vision of Vu Trong Phung (University of California Press, 2014).

Dumb Luck: A Novel by Vu Trong Phung (editor and co-translator) (University of Michigan Press, 2002).

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


"Nhan Van Giai Pham on Trial,: The Prosecution of Nguyen Huu Dang and Thuy An," Journal of Vietnamese Studies, Vol.11, Issue 3-4 (Fall Winter 2016): 188-215.

"Misrepresenting Atrocities: Kill Anything that Moves and the Continuing Distortions of the War in Vietnam," co-authored with Gary Kulik.  Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, Fall 2014.

"Nhan Van Giai Pham and Vietnamese Reform Communism during the 1950s: A Revisionist Interpretation," Journal of Cold War Studies, Vol. 13, No.1 (2011):60-100. 

"Provincial Cosmopolitanism: Vu Trong Phung's Foreign Literary Engagements," in Travelling Nation-Makers: Transnational Flows and Movements in the Making of Modern Southeast Asia,"  edited by Carol Hau and Kasian Tejapira (Kyoto University Press, 2011): 271-292. 

"The Modern Vietnamese Short Story," in Modern Short Fiction of Southeast Asia: A Literary History. edited by Teri Shaffer Yamada (Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 2009):271-292. 

"Memories of Land Reform: To Hoai's Three others," Journal of Vietnamese Studies, Vol. 2 No.2 Summer 2007: 231-247.  

"An Interview with Nguyen Huy Thiep," Journal of Vietnamese Studies Vol. 1 No.1-2, February/August 2006: 485-499. 

"Hai Van, The Storm and Vietnamese Communism in the Interwar Imagination," Southeast Asia over Three Generations: Essays Presented to Benedict Anderson eduted by James Siegal and Audrey Kahin (IThaca: Cornell Southeast Aisa Program, 2003).

"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).

Professor Peter B. Zinoman


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