Christina E. Firpo



  • Ph.D., Southeast Asian History, University of California at Los Angeles
  • M.A., Southeast Asian History, University of California at Los Angeles
  • B.A., History, The George Washington University

Research and Teaching interests

  • Southeast Asian History
  • Vietnamese History
  • Women's History
  • History of Imperialism


In Progress: Women and Consumer Culture in Colonial Vietnam, 1920-1945.

2020: Black Market Business: Selling Sex in Northern Vietnam, 1920-1945. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2020.

*2016: The Uprooted: Race, Childhood, and Imperialism in Indochina, 1890-1980. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2016.

*Awarded the 2017 International Convention of Asian Scholars Colleague’s Choice Book Prize

*Finalist for the 2017 International Convention of Asian Scholars Humanities Book Award


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

2021: "Regulated Prostitution in French Colonized Vietnam and Its Failures, 1920-1945," in The Routledge Compagnion to Sexuality and Colonialism, ed. Chelsea Schields and Dagmar Herzog. London: Routledge, 2021.

2019:  Christina Firpo and Margaret Jacobs, "Taking Children, ruling Colonies: Child Removal and Colonial Subjugation in Australia, Canada, French Indochina, and the United States, 1870-1950s," Journal of World History, (29.4, 2019).

2018:  “On the Edge of Perversions: Race, Childhood, and Sexuality in Vietnam,” in Tracing Trajectories of Modernity in Southeast Asia, 1920-1970, ed. Susanne Protschky. Amsterdam: KITLV/Brill Publishers, 2018.

2017:  “Métis of Vietnam: An Historical Perspective on Mixed-Race Children from the French Colonial Period,” in Mixed-Race in Asia: Past, Present, and Future. Eds. Zarine L. Rocha and Farida Fodzar. London: Routledge Press, 2017.

2016:  “Sex and Song: Clandestine Prostitution in Tonkin’s Ả Đào Music Houses, 1920-1940,” Journal of Vietnamese Studies, (11.2, 2016).

2013: “Giải pháp người lai ở Đông Dương,” Tạp chí nghiên cứu lịch sử, (Vol. 446:9, 2013), 44-53.

2013: “La traite des femmes et des enfants dans le Vietnam colonial (1920-1940).” (Agathe Larcher-Goscha, trs.) Le Vigntième Siècle, (vol. 120, 2013), 113-124.

2013: “Phụ nữ và trẻ em thời thuộc địa và chương trình phúc lợi xã hội của chính quyền thực dân.” Giới và Xã Hội, (vol. 10, 2013).

2011: “Shades of Whiteness: Petits-Blancs and the Politics of Military Allocations Distribution in World War I Colonial Cochinchina.” French Historical Studies, (Vol. 34:2, 2011), 279-297.

2011: “Hierarchies of Race and Gender in the French Colonial Empire, 1914-1946,” with Jennifer Boittin and Emily Musil. Historical Reflections/Réflections Historiques, (Vol. 37, 2011), 60-90.

2010: “Crisis of Whiteness and Empire in Colonial Indochina: The Removal of Eurasian Children from the Vietnamese Milieu, 1890-1956” Journal of Social History, (Vol. 43, 2010), 587-613.

2007: “Lost Boys: ‘Abandoned’ Eurasian Children and the Management of the Racial Topography in Colonial Indochina, 1938-1945.” French Colonial History, (Vol. 8, 2007), 203-224.

2005: “’President Ho Speaks to the Children’: Thiếu Sinh Magazine and the New Child in 1945 Revolutionary Vietnam” Southeast Review of Asian Studies, (Vol. 27, 2005), 37-48.

Awards and Honors

2017: International Convention of Asian Scholars, Colleague’s Choice Book Award for The Uprooted: Race, Childhood, and Imperialism, 1890-1980.

2016: Keynote Conference Speaker, “Moving Children: The History of Child Removal in Comparative Perspective,” University of Leeds, April 8-9, 2016, England.

2016: Faculty Career Research Award, College of Liberal Arts, California Polytechnic State University.

External Grants and Fellowships

2016: Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society.

2014: Residential Writing Fellowship, Royal Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), Leiden, Netherlands.

2013 Residential Research Fellowship, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, 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.

2004: Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Year Fellowship—Vietnam and France.

 Courses Taught

  • HIST 223: Modern World History
  • HIST 303: Seminar - Race, Sex and Orientalism in Colonial Southeast Asia
  • HIST 319: Southeast Asian History
  • HIST 409: The Vietnam War
  • HIST 421: History of Prostitution
  • HIST 423: Vietnamese History
  • HIST 459: Imperialism and Post-Colonial Studies
  • HIST 460: Senior Project
  • HIST 461: Senior Project
  • HIST 505: Imperialism and Post-Colonial Studies
  • HONORS 200: Human Trafficking in Colonial Southeast Asia

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