Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen

An award-winning researcher, Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen held two major Australian Research Council Fellowships in 2005-15: an ARC Future Fellowship (2011-15) for her project on Vietnamese veterans; and an ARC Australian Research Fellowship (2005-10) for her project on Vietnamese women. She was also the recipient of a 2007 Harold White Fellowship at the National Library of Australia, and a 2011 Visiting Fellowship at the University of Oxford. Her latest grant is an ARC Discovery Project (2018-21) on the refugee legacy for second generation Vietnamese.

Nathalie’s work deals with memory, war and migration. Her research focuses on the Vietnamese diaspora and the experiences of refugees.

She was Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies (NCAS) in 2017, after serving as Deputy Director and Acting Director in 2016. She joined the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies (SOPHIS) in 2018.

A graduate of the University of Oxford, she is the author of four books, two of which have been translated into other languages. She is also the editor of a volume of essays on the Vietnam War, and guest editor of special issues on Southeast Asian Diasporas and Vietnam of the refereed journals Crossroads and Intersections.

Nguyen Cover 2.8.2016Her latest book South Vietnamese Soldiers: Memories of the Vietnam War and After (Praeger, 2016) breaks new ground by shedding light on an essentially unexplored aspect of the Vietnam War: the histories of the men – and women – who served in the former Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces (RVNAF).

It was launched at the Multicultural Hub, Melbourne, on 9 May 2016, Boston College, USA, on 29 September 2016, the University of California, Berkeley, USA, on 18 October 2016, and the Australian Defence Force Academy, UNSW Canberra, on 7 March 2017.


Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen has made a major contribution not only to the history of the Vietnam War but also to the history of wars and their aftermath.– Peter Edwards, Official Historian of Australia’s Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948-75

In a powerful and eloquent book, Nguyen rewrites the South Vietnamese back into their own history and gives them back their voices. This is an important and overdue treatment of the missing dimension of the Vietnam War.– Jeffrey Grey, Professor of History, UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy

Book Review in Australian Outlook (Australian Institute of International Affairs)

Book Review in The Strategist (Australian Strategic Policy Institute)

“[An] outstanding book…. The South Vietnamese military – which lost a quarter of a million men killed in action and nearly 1 million seriously wounded – has largely been ignored, forgotten or dismissed as irrelevant. This excellent and much-needed book, however, gives voices to those unknown soldiers of the Vietnam War, and constitutes an important and necessary addition to the burgeoning scholarship of the war.” – Vietnam Magazine

“Nguyen’s remarkable achievement is her ability to allow the veterans to speak for themselves in this groundbreaking study from that tragic conflict. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries.” – Choice

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Recent Awards

2018-21 ARC Discovery Project (2018-21) of $284,300 for her project “The Refugee Legacy for the Second Generation: The Vietnamese in Australia”
2016 2015 Mander Jones Award, Australian Society of Archivists, for her article “Memory in the Aftermath of War: Australian Responses to the Vietnamese Refugee Crisis of 1975
2014 2014 Editors’ Choice Collection Journal of Intercultural Studies, for her article “War and Diaspora: The Memories of South Vietnamese Soldiers
2011-15 ARC Future Fellowship (2011-15) of $706,299 for her project “Forgotten Histories: Vietnamese Veterans in Australia”
2011 2011 Visiting Research Fellowship, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, for her project “Vietnamese Refugees: Memory, Narrative and the Diaspora”
2011 2010 Choice Outstanding Academic Title for Memory Is Another Country: Women of the Vietnamese Diaspora
2010-11 Principal Fellow, Australian Centre, University of Melbourne
2007-08 2007 Harold White Fellowship of $10,200, National Library of Australia, for her project “Vietnamese Refugees: Perspectives and Perceptions”
2007 2007 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards in the Community Relations Commission Award category – Shortlisted for Voyage of Hope: Vietnamese Australian Women’s Narratives
2005-10 ARC Australian Research Fellowship (2005-10) of $578,252 for her project “Vietnamese Women: Voices and Narratives of the Diaspora”