University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. (conferred December 2015)
City and Regional Planning

Professor Ananya Roy, City and Regional Planning (Chair)
Professor Teresa Caldeira, City and Regional Planning
Professor Aihwa Ong, Anthropology

University of California, Berkeley, M.C.P. (2009)
City and Regional Planning

University of California, Berkeley, B.A. (1999)



Urban studies, specifically political economy of cities, space as mode of production; ethnography; late-socialist and transitioning economies; East and Southeast Asia.



2014-2015 | University of California Office of the President, Dissertation-Year Fellowship

2013-2014 | Fellow, Center for Ideas and Society, University of California, Riverside

2013-2014 | Fellow, Southeast Asia: Text, Ritual and Performance (SEATRiP), University of California, Riverside

2012-2014 | Social Science Research Council, International Dissertation Research Fellowship

2012-2014 | University of California Pacific Rim Research Fellowship, Dissertation Research Grant

2011-2012 | Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley

2010-2011 | Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship in Vietnamese, US Department of Education

2010-2011 | Departmental Block Grant, City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

2009-2010 | Departmental Block Grant, City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

2009            | Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley

2007-2008 | Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, Graduate Division, University of California, Berkeley



2017 (forthcoming Nov.) | “Capturing World Class Urbanism Through Modal Governance in Saigon.” positions: Asia critique.

2017 (forthcoming Nov.) | “Speculating on World Class Infrastructure in Ho Chi Minh City” Trends in Southeast Asia, Yusof Ishak Institute

2017 | “Vietnam’s Transportation Infrastructure Challenges.” ISEAS Perspectives No. 60. Yusof Ishak Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

2016 | Jadaliyya Cities: City Talks, Ananya Roy (28 mins), May 15, With Hiba Bou Akar

2012 | “Quy hoạch phi chính thức, Saigon” [Informal Planning in Saigon] in đô thị [Urban Planning Magazine] September.


2017 | “The Infrastructure of Infrastructure: Transportation, Transnationalism and Experimenting with World Class City Making in Saigon, Vietnam.” Cities Cluster, National University of Singapore, April. 

2017 | “Illiberal Risk: Making Saigon’s Urban Development Legible for Foreign Capital.” Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, February.

2016 | “Urban Hedging Practices in Saigon, Vietnam” Panel: Uncertain Futures and Everyday Hedging, Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, CA. March-April

2014 | “Regulatory Opacity, Reform and Managing the Future Asian Metropolis of Saigon, Vietnam.” Center for Ideas and Society, University of California, Riverside, March.

2014| “Tiger Techniques: Worlding Saigon’s Asian Urbanism.” Southeast Asian Text, Ritual and Performance, University of California, Riverside, May.

2014 | “Government Transparency and Planning in Late-Socialist Saigon, Vietnam.” Panel: Late-Socialist Planning and Market Transitions, Association of Collegiate Schools in Planning, Philadelphia, PA, October.

2014 | “Corruption and Modalities of Reform in Late Socialist Saigon, Vietnam.” Panel: Critical Geographies of Corruption, Association for American Geographers, Tampa, FL, April.

2014 | “Managing Boom and Bust, Regulatory Opacity and Managing Risk in Saigon’s Property Development Game.” Panel: Speculative Orientations in Economic Life in Southeast Asia. Association of Asian Studies Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March.



Global Poverty: Challenges and Hopes for the New Millennium
Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010
Lead Graduate Student Instructor (~700 Students and 13 Graduate Student Instructors)
International and Area Studies/City and Regional Planning
University of California, Berkeley

Ethics, Methods and Pragmatics of Global Practice
Spring 2010
Graduate Student Instructor
International and Area Studies
University of California, Berkeley

Perspectives on International Housing
Spring 2009
Graduate Student Instructor
City and Regional Planning/Architecture
University of California, Berkeley



Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
Association of American Geographers
American Anthropological Association
Association of Asian Studies
Vietnam Studies Group
Vietnam National University of Social Sciences and Humanities