Angie Ngọc Trần

Professor of Political Economy, Global Studies

Highest degree
PhD in Political Economy


Transnational labor migration (Vietnam and Malaysia; Vietnam and Saudi Arabia), labor resistance, labor unions, guest-workers, corporate social responsibility

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Dr. Angie Ngọc Trần joined the CSU Monterey Bay faculty in 1996. Her fieldwork on transnational labor migration and resistance in Vietnam and Malaysia led to her 2022 book, “Ethnic Dissent and Empowerment: Economic Migration between Vietnam and Malaysia.” She recently exposed the vulnerabilities and the recruitment system that exploits Vietnamese female domestic workers in Saudi Arabia. Currently, she examines the opportunities and precarity of the H2A-Visa guest workers from Mexico who harvest crops in California. She is active in the Coalition for Asian Justice and the California Faculty Association. She is fluent in Vietnamese and English, and intermediate in Spanish.


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