Van My Truong

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Van My Truong

ACLS Post-Doctoral Scholar

Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Migration and Diaspora
  • Trauma and Memory
  • Music and Affect
  • Critical Geography
  • Critical Theory
  • Public Humanities


  • PhD American Studies, Yale University
  • BA Literature-Writing/Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego

Van My Truong's work takes a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to contemporary migrant life and culture and has appeared in The Journal of Popular Music Studies, Social Text, The Independent Weekly, among others, and will appear in the forthcoming anthology Blackstar Rising & the Purple Reign: Pop Culture and the Sonic (After)lives of David Bowie & Prince (Duke UP). With support from Yale’s Public Humanities Program, she co-founded SOUND HALL, a speaker/performance series and multimedia platform that focuses on sound and music at the intersection of personal memory and public history. She is currently working on a new archival project focusing on family photographs of the Vietnamese diaspora while completing her manuscript entitled The Utopics of Migrant Melancholia which examines allegories of migrant boat crossings out of Vietnam, Haiti, and North Africa. Previously, she served as Chief Project Coordinator for Yale’s Black Sound & the Archive Humanities Research Group.