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Sam Vong

Curator of Asian Pacific American History
Ph.D., History, Yale University
M.A., History, California State University, Los Angeles
B.A., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley 
Pasadena City College, Community college transfer



Research Specialties: 
  • Asian Pacific American history
  • U.S. Immigration history
  • Global Migration and Refugee Studies
  • U.S. Gender and Women's History
  • History of Southeast Asia

Manuscript Project

"The Geopolitics of Compassion: An International History of the Indochinese Refugee Crisis and the Infrastructure of Care, 1960-1994" (in progress)

Collecting Projects

  • Histories of sanctuary and asylum in America;
  • Asian Pacific American women and labor;
  • Asian immigrants in California's agricultural industries;
  • Asians in Latin America


  • Girlhood (It's Complicated)
  • Forgotten Workers: Chinese Migrants and the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad


Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 
  • Humanities Research Award, University of Texas at Austin (2016-2019);
  • William Appleman Williams Junior Faculty Research Grant, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (2017);
  • Research Travel Grant, Argentine Studies Program, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin (2017);
  • Walter F. Mondale Research Fellowship, Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (2014-2015);
  • American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2011-2012);
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2011-2012, declined);
  • Research Travel Grant, Council on Southeast Asian Studies, Yale University (2009);
  • Fellowship, Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Yale University (2007-2008);
  • Sally Casanova Pre-doctoral Scholar, California State University Los Angeles (2004-2005)


Professional Affiliations: 
Association for Asian American Studies
National Council of Public History
Organization of American Historians
American Historical Association
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations