Christina E. Firpo
Research and Teaching interests
- Vietnamese Studies
- Women’s studies
- History of Fashion
- History of Family
- History of Prostitution
- Research and Writing Methods
- Ph.D. Southeast Asian History, University of California - Los Angeles
- M.A. Southeast Asian History, University of California - Los Angeles
- B.A. The George Washington University
Beauty and the Nation: Race, Capitalism, and Modernity in Late Colonial Vietnam. Columbia University Press, forthcoming.
“Girlfriends and Housewives, Love and Modernity in Vietnam, 1900-1945,” Manuscript in preparation.
Black Market Business: Selling Sex in Northern Vietnam, 1920-1945. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2020.
The Uprooted: Race, Childhood, and Imperialism in Indochina, 1890-1980. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2016 (paper back 2017).*
*Awarded the 2017 International Convention of Asian Scholars Colleague’s Choice Book Prize.
*Finalist for the 2017 International Convention of Asian Scholars Humanities Book Prize.
ARTICLES, BOOK CHAPTERS
“Regulated Prostitution in French-Colonized Northern Vietnam and Its Failures, 1920-1945,” in
The Routledge Companion to Sexualities and Colonialism, edited by Dagmar Herzog and Chelsea Schields. NY: Routledge, forthcoming May 2021.
“On the Edge of Perversions: Race, Childhood, and Sexuality in Vietnam.” In Modern Times in Southeast Asia, 1920-1970, edited by Susanne Protschky and Tom van den Berge, 191-210. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2018.
"Taking Children, Ruling Colonies: Child Removal and Colonial Subjugation in Australia, Canada, French Indochina, and the United States, 1870-1950s," co-author with Margaret Jacobs. Journal of World History 29, no. 4 (2018): 529-562.
“Métis of Vietnam: An Historical Perspective on Mixed-Race Children from the French Colonial Period.” In Mixed-Race in Asia: Past, Present, and Future, edited by Zarine L. Rocha and Farida Fodzar, 52-64. London: Routledge Press, 2017.
“Sex and Song: Clandestine Prostitution in Tonkin’s Ả Đào Music Houses, 1920-1940.” Journal of Vietnamese Studies 11, no. 2 (2016): 1-36.
“Giải pháp người lai ở Đông Dương.” (Trans. Đặng Thị Vân Chi) Tạp chí Nghiên cứu Lịch sử 446, no. 9 (2013) : 44-53.
“La traite des femmes et des enfants dans le Vietnam colonial (1920-1940)," (Trans. Agathe Larcher Goscha). Le Vingtième Siècle 120 (2013) : 113-124.
- Received special recognition for innovative methodology in L’Histoire 394 (December 2013): 86
“Phụ nữ và trẻ em thời thuộc địa và chương trình phúc lợi xã hội của chính quyền thực dân.” Giới và Xã Hội 10 (2013).
“Shades of Whiteness: Petits-Blancs and the Politics of Military Allocations Distribution in World War I Colonial Cochinchina.” French Historical Studies 34, no.2 (2011): 279-297.
“Hierarchies of Race and Gender in the French Colonial Empire, 1914-1946,” co-authored with Jennifer Boittin and Emily Musil. Historical Reflections/Réflections Historiques 37 (2011): 60-90.
“Crisis of Whiteness and Empire in Colonial Indochina: The Removal of Eurasian Children from the Vietnamese Milieu, 1890-1956.” Journal of Social History 43 (2010): 587-613.
“Lost Boys: ‘Abandoned’ Eurasian Children and the Management of the Racial Topography in Colonial Indochina, 1938-1945.” French Colonial History 8 (2007): 203-224.
“’President Ho Speaks to the Children’: Thiếu Sinh Magazine and the New Child in 1945 Revolutionary Vietnam,” Southeast Review of Asian Studies 27 (2005): 37-48.
Grants, Fellowships & Honors
SELECTED EXTERNAL GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
- 2016 Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society
- 2014 Residential Writing Fellowship, Dutch Royal Institute (KITLV) Leiden, The Netherlands
- 2013 Residential Research Fellowship, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, The Netherlands
- 2012 Bernadette Schmitt Research Grant, American Historical Association
- 2011-2012 Senior Research Fellowship, Center for Khmer Studies, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- 2011 Summer Research Stipend, National Endowment for the Humanities
- 2011 Research Grant, Society for French Historical Studies
- 2009 Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society
Professor Firpo is currently assembling a team of undergraduate researchers for a project on fashion in early 20th century Southeast Asia. Undergraduate and graduate students of all majors are welcome, particularly those with advanced tech skills. First-generation students and students from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.