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I am a Ph.D. Candidate at University of California, San Diego majoring in Political Science (International Relations and Comparative Politics). My research interests revolve around the intersection of comparative politics, international relations and informational politics. Central to my current research agenda is an examination of the strategies autocratic regimes employ to control, manipulate, and shape information and discourses at both domestic and global levels. This investigation further extends to the ways in which these regimes, with their avant-garde approaches, contest democratic norms globally. With a geographical emphasis on East and Southeast Asia, Duong possesses specialized knowledge on China and Vietnam. 

I hal from Da Lat, Vietnam, but later moved to Beppu, Japan to pursue and later obtained a Bachelor degree in International Relations and Peace Studies from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. In 2019, I became a Yenching scholar and obtained a Master in Law degree (Politics and International Relations) from Yenching Academy, Peking University. During my time at Peking University, I was also a Baixian scholar affiliated with Baixian Asia Institute, working on research projects studying historical narratives and historical reconciliation in East an Southeast Asia. In 2024, I was awarded the Master of Arts in Political Science by UC San Diego. 

 

While working on my academic publications, I find joy in contributing to popular outlets such as The Diplomat Magazine and East Asia Forum. 

Image by Charles Deluvio

ABOUT ME

Side Portrait of Duong

ACADEMIC PORTFOLIO

Some sketches about me

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO

  • PhD Candidate (Spring 2024 - now)

  • Awarded the degree of Master of Arts in Political Science in Winter 2024

  • PhD Student (2021-2024)

  • Teaching Assistant, Graduate Student Researcher

  • Field: International Relations and Comparative Politics

September 2021 - now

PEKING UNIVERSITY, YENCHING ACADEMY

September 2019 - July 2021

  • Awarded the degree of Master of Law

  • Field: Politics and International Relations

  • Former Teaching Assistant

  • The Yenching program is a prestigious fully funded master program in China studies inspired by Rhodes and Fulbright Scholarships with an extremely competitive acceptance rate of 2.7

RITSUMEIKAN ASIA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY

  • Awarded the degree of Bachelor of Social Science

  • Former Teaching Assistant and Writing Center Tutor

  • Field: International Relations and Peace Studies

September 2014 - September 2018

SOUTH CHINA SEA DATA INITIATIVE

2020 - Now

  • Former Research Assistant

  • Under the guidance of Professor Renard Sexton from Emory University and Professor Nico Ravanilla from UC San Diego.

  • Website: https://www.scsdi.org/

BAIXIAN ASIA INSTITUTE

  • Baixian Scholar

  • AFLSP Scholarship recipient

October 2019 - July 2021

FEATURES ON MEDIA

What They’re Saying About Me

Duong from behind in a coffee shop

A Vietnamese article on the academic journey of mine, and my excellent graduation from Yenching Academy of Peking University.

by Thanh Nien

MY PUBLICATION

Latest writings that I have published

Unveiling the engines behind e-government in Vietnam

East Asia Forum

Vietnam's digital government landscape ranked 86th out of 193 countries in 2022. In January 2023, the Ministry of Information and Communications released its goal for Vietnam to be among the top 50 countries by 2025. Vietnamese leaders consider e-government a panacea to the corruption that impedes Hanoi's ambition to become a regional economic tiger.

In Vietnam, Many Are Mourning the Downfall of an American Idol

The Diplomat

“If I could die for Mr. Trump to become the President,” wrote one Vietnamese Facebook user, “I would be very willing to do so.”

Bittersweet: Vietnam’s Mixed Progress on E-Government During COVID-19

The Diplomat

Despite notable progress in providing digital services, there are still major challenges in accessing these tools in practice.

White Accessories

Haruki Murakami, Kafka On The Shore

"Listen up - there's no war that will end all wars"

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