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Tuong Vu

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  • Title: Professor
  • Phone: (541) 346-6963
  • Office: 918 PLC
  • Office Hours: Sabbatical
  • Affiliated Departments: Asian Studies
  • Interests: comparative politics, state and society, ideology, contentious politics, East and Southeast Asia
  • Curriculum Vitae


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 East and 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:

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:
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:
Vu has published in many journals:

Selected chapters in edited volumes include:

Other publications:


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