Tuong Vu has been on the faculty of the Department of Political Science since 2008. He has held visiting appointments at Princeton University and the National University of Singapore, and has taught at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He teaches comparative politics and conduct research on the politics of Southeast Asia.
His recent book, Paths to Development in Asia: South Korea, Vietnam, China, and Indonesia (Cambridge University Press), presents a systematic comparison of six Asian cases combined with an in-depth analysis of Vietnam and Indonesia based on primary sources. The case studies demonstrate that patterns of state formation had decisive impacts on subsequent developmental performance. This book received an Honorable Mention in the competition for the 2011 Bernard Schwartz Book Award of the Asia Society. Link:.http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item2713677/Paths%20to%20Development%20in%20Asia/?site_locale=en_US
Another area Vu is interested in concerns the politics of nationalism, revolutions and other mass movements, and the role of ideology and identity in domestic and international conflicts. He is completing a book on the role of the communist ideology in the Vietnamese revolution. His coedited book with Wasana Wongsurawat of Chulalongkorn University, Dynamics of the Cold War in Asia: Ideology, Identity, and Culture, was published by Palgrave in 2009. This volume examines the ideologies and identities of Asian actors across Cold War camps and asserts the their central role in the Cold War drama in Asia. Link: http://www.palgrave-usa.com/catalog/product.aspx?isbn=0230621945
Together with Erik Kuhonta of McGill University and Dan Slater of the University of Chicago, Vu edited Southeast Asia in Political Science: Theory, Region, and Qualitative Analysis (Stanford University Press, 2008). This volume takes stock of scholarship on Southeast Asian politics and calls for dialogue between Southeast Asian studies and the political science discipline. Link: http://www.sup.org/book.cgi?id=10508
Vu has published in many journals:
“Epdemics as Politics with Case Studies from Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.” Global Health Governance Journal 4:2 (Spring 2011), pp. 1-22.
“Studying the State through State Formation.” World Politics 62: 1 (January 2010), pp. 148-175.
“The Vietnam War as a Vietnamese War: Agency and Society in the Study of the Second Indochina War” (with Edward Miller). Journal of Vietnamese Studies 4: 3, pp. 1-16.
“It’s Time for the Indochinese Revolution to Show Its True Colors: The Radical Turn in Vietnamese Politics in 1948.” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 40: 3 (October 2009), pp. 519-542. (This article has been translated into Vietnamese and published in Tap Chi Talawas, Fall 2009)
“Dreams of Paradise: The Making of a Soviet Outpost in Vietnam.” Ab Imperio: Studies of New Imperial History and Nationalism in the Post-Soviet Space no. 2 (August 2008), pp. 255-285.
“Vietnamese Political Studies and Debates on Vietnamese Nationalism.” Journal of Vietnamese Studies 2: 2 (August 2007), pp. 175-230.
“State Formation and the Origins of Developmental States in South Korea and Indonesia.” Studies in Comparative International Development 41:4 (Winter 2007), pp. 27-56.
“Contentious Mass Politics in Southeast Asia: Knowledge Accumulation and Cycles of Growth and Exhaustion.” Theory and Society 35:4 (August 2006), pp. 393-419.
“Workers and the Socialist State: North Vietnam’s State-Labor Relations, 1945-1970,” Communist and Post-Communist Studies 38 (September 2005), pp. 329-356.
“Of Rice and Revolution: The Politics of Provisioning and State-Society Relations on Java, 1945-1949,” South East Asia Research, 11:3 (November 2003), pp. 237-267.
Selected chapters in edited volumes include:
“Indonesia’s Agrarian Movement: Anti-Capitalism at a Crossroads.” In Dominique Caouette and Sarah Turner, eds. Agrarian Angst and Resistance in Southeast Asia, pp. 180-205. New York: RoutledgeISS Studies in Rural Livelihoods, 2009.
“From Cheering to Volunteering: Vietnamese Communists and the Arrival of the Cold War 1940-1951,” in Christopher Goscha and Christian Ostermann, eds. Connecting Histories: The Cold War and Decolonization in Asia (1945-1962), pp. 172-204. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009.
"The persistence of Single-party Dictatorships: The Case of Vietnam," Working Paper no. 121 (January 2012), Southeast Asian Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong.
“Loi dan - Tu giai phong den giai giap, giai doc, va giai hoa: Phong trao dan toc moi o chau A,” Tap chi Talawas (Fall 2009).
“The Political Economy of Avian Influenza Response and Control in Vietnam,”STEPS Centre Working Paper 19 Brighton, UK 2009