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Lan Duong, PhD

Associate Professor
Research areas: Feminist Film Theory, Postcolonial Literature, Asian American Cinema, Genre Studies

Affiliated Divisions:

Division of Cinema & Media Studies


Lan Duong is Associate Professor in Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Treacherous Subjects: Gender, Culture, and Trans-Vietnamese Feminism. Dr. Duong’s second book project, Transnational Vietnamese Cinemas and the Archives of Memory, examines Vietnamese cinema from its inception to the present day. Her research interests include feminist film theory, theories of the archive, and Asian and American film.

Duong’s critical works can be found in Signs, MELUS, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Journal of Asian American Studies, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Amerasia, Asian Cinema, Discourse,  and the anthologies, Transnational Feminism in Film and Media, Southeast Asian Cinema, Recollecting Vietnam, Gendering the Transpacific, and the The Refugee Handbook

She has coedited Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora: Troubling Borders in Literature and Art (University of Washington Press, 2013). Duong is a Founding Member of the Critical Refugee Studies Collective. She currently serves as the website editor for the group ( and is co-editor for the series, Critical Refugee Studies, at the University of California Press. The Collective's co-written book, Departures: An Introduction to Critical Refugee Studies, was published in 2022. Duong is also a poet and her debut collection, Nothing Follows, is published by Texas Tech University Press.