Dat Nguyen

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Dat Nguyen

Matriculated September 2013

Dat Nguyen’s primary research deals with religion and politics in Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Buddhism in Vietnam. His research explores how Buddhism, Buddhists, and Buddhist institutions are figured in the construction and provision of social wellbeing in late-socialist Vietnam, with a keen interest in Buddhist moral and emotional education for urban youth. Dat is currently conducting ethnographic research at Buddhist orphanages and Buddhist education and meditation programs for young people in Ho Chi Minh City. Through this ethnographic study, Dat hopes to explore the issue of religious governance in and the role of Buddhism as a system of ethics for contemporary Vietnam.

Dat holds a B.A. in Cross-Cultural Relations and Religious Studies from Bard College at Simon’s Rock. For his B.A. thesis, he examined the state and religious cults of Ho Chi Minh in Viet Nam and Northeastern Thailand. In looking at memorial space and commemorative rituals dedicated to “Uncle Ho,” he argued that the cult of Ho Chi Minh is a contested field of knowledge, where political, cultural, and personal meanings are constantly negotiated.



Dean’s Fellowship

Long-Term Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship

To learn more about Dat’s research, visit: http://dnguyenanthro.wordpress.com/