Phung Minh Hieu
Phùng Minh Hiếu

Field of Study

Years of Stay at HYI

Sep 2010 to Jun 2013

University Affiliation (Current)

Phung Minh Hieu completed her doctoral dissertation on the relationship between the Vietnamese state and its environment in the fifteenth century. Initially trained in Classical Chinese and Nom scripts before turning to Southeast Asian history with a focus on premodern Vietnam, Phung is interested in expanding research to participate in three main fields of studies: environmental history, digital history with a focus on historical GIS, and comparative history with the aim of connecting Vietnamese history to histories of other East and Southeast Asian countries.

Current Research Projects: My current research focuses on the historical agency of water and climate in stimulating social and political change. In pursuing environmental history, I make extensive use of traditional maps and texts that reveal the production of geographical knowledge. I am current working on my manuscript entitled “The Production of a Water Space: An Environmental History of Early Modern Vietnam.”

Recent Publications

Phung, Hieu. “Naming the Red River—becoming a Vietnamese river.” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 51, no. 4 (2020): 518-537.

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