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Phuong Nguyen

Associate Professor
School of Humanities & Communication

Contact information

Building & room

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Office hours

MW 12:30 - 1:30


PhD (2009) University of Southern California (American Studies & Ethnicity)

BA (1998) University of California, San Diego (Ethnic Studies)

Phuong Nguyen is a local product, having attended public schools here from kindergarten up until graduating with the Class of 1994 from Monterey High School. Over the next 23 years, he had the opportunity to study and work in various locales such as San Diego; New York City; Los Angeles; Madison, WI; Chicago; and Ithaca, NY. In 2017, he joined the HCOM faculty as Assistant Professor of U.S. History, where he now enjoys working with wonderful students and colleagues, all in one of the most beautiful and diverse parts of the country. During the Spring 2020 semester, Prof. Nguyen will teach the following courses:

HCOM 353: California at the Crossroads

HCOM 356: Multicultural U.S. History

HCOM 369: Asian American History

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Prof. Nguyen is also the author of Becoming Refugee American: The Politics of Rescue in Little Saigon (University of Illinois Press, 2017), a pioneering social and cultural history of Vietnamese refugees in Southern California.