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Cindy Nguyen

Assistant Professor
Cindy Nguyen
Cindy Nguyen
Assistant Professor

Dr. Cindy Nguyen is assistant professor in the Information Studies department and Digital Humanities program at University of California, Los Angeles. Her book manuscript, “Bibliotactics: The Social Life of Libraries and Colonial Control in Vietnam, 1865–1958” reveals how the library reading room became a space of urban sociability, cultural imperialism, and self-directed education. She specializes in Southeast Asian print culture, digital humanities, critical data studies, and histories of the book and information. Nguyen is also a public scholar and community artist exploring themes of memory, translation, and migration. To learn more about her historical scholarship, teaching, and digital humanities work, see her website

Teaching and Research Interests


  • Ph.D. in History, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A. in History, Michigan State University
  • B.A. in History and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Awards, Honors, and Fellowships

  • 2022 Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography Rare Book School
  • 2022 The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing
  • Research Development Grants for BIPOC Scholars
  • 2021 University of California Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

Select Publications

  • Cindy Anh Nguyen, “Collecting through Absence: Fragmenting Vietnamese Refugee Archives,” Wasafiri, Taylor & Francis (in production)
  • Cindy Nguyen, “Creating the National Library in Saigon: Colonial Legacies, Fragmented Collections, and Reading Publics, 1946-1958,” in Building a Republican Nation in Postcolonial Vietnam, 1920-1963, Volume 1, edited by Nu-Anh Tran and Tuong Vu, (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2022)
  • Cindy Nguyen, “Reading Rules: The Symbolic and Social Spaces of Reading in the Hanoi Central Library, 1919-1941,” Journal of Vietnamese Studies, (2020) Volume 15, No. 3: 1-35.
  • Cindy Nguyen, “A Xu/Sou for the Students: A Discourse Analysis of Vietnamese Student Migration to France in the Late Colonial Period” in The Question of Return: Leaving, Arriving, and Returning in an Age of Transnational Migration, ed. Michiel Baas, (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2015), 135-156.