Vy Dao


Vy Thuc Dao is completing her PhD in Sociology at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and received her MA at the University of Houston. Her research analyzes the intersection of race, class and ethnicity as well as the history of social movements, immigrant communities and ethnic identity. Her doctoral dissertation is an expansive ethnographic study of the economic, social and cultural patterns of rebuilding by the Vietnamese communities in post-disaster New Orleans, the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Bayou La Batre, Alabama.

Her most recent publications include her work on Vietnamese language erosion in the second generation for Language Diversity in the USA (Cambridge University Press, 2010) as well as the forthcoming history of Vietnamese immigrant settlement in Mississippi (University Press of Mississippi, 2011), and the upcoming edition of The Handbook of Asian American (Springer Press, 2012) features her work on the contemporary Asian American environmental justice movement. Her teaching at Tulane University examines the nature of Southern Vietnamese communities in the US and their social trajectories in relationship to existing Asian immigrant theories of settlement.

She currently conducts research as part of the NIH Gulf Coast Transdisciplinary Research Center for Community Health, a multi-institutional consortium that emphasizes community-based participatory research in disaster vulnerable populations along the Gulf Coast. Upcoming publications will present this study’s data as Building Sustainable Community Disaster Preparedness through Social Networking. Her future projects will be with the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in the department of Environmental Health Sciences where she will study post-Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill effects as part of an upcoming NIH grant.



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