Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2020
    Permanent Senior Researcher, Associate Professor, Netherlands Institute for War, Genocide and Holocaust Studies, Royal Academy of Science, The Netherlands

  • Since 2012
    Permanent Research Fellow, Department of Religious Diversity, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity

  • 2020
    Adjunct Professor, Beijing Central Nationalities University

  • 2018 – 2019
    Assistant professor in Comparative Religious Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

  • 2014
    Visiting Fellow, Asian Research Institute, National University of Singapore (Declined)

  • 2013
    Six weeks visiting fellowship, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

  • 2012
    Coordinate Research Fellow, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University

  • 2011 – 2012
    Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Religious Diversity, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity

  • 2011
    Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, under the supervision of Prof. Oscar Salemink (Chair), Prof. Birgit Meyer, Prof. Nguyen Van Huy, and Prof. Nicholas Tapp

  • 2006
    MA in Anthropology, Leiden University

  • 2004
    MA in Comparative Asian Studies, University of Amsterdam

  • 2002
    BA in Philosophy, Vietnam National University, Hanoi

Selected publications

  • Ngo, T.T. Tam. (2009) The New Way: Protestantism and the Hmong in Vietnam. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

  • Ngo, T. T. Tam and Justine Quijada. Eds. (2015). Atheist Secularism and Its Discontents: A Comparative Study of Religion and Communism in Eurasia. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Ngo, T.T. Ngo. (2021) “Situating the Dead of the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese Border War” (under third reviews, pending decision at American Ethnologist).

  • Ngo, T.T. Ngo and Nga T. Mai (2021). "In Search of a Vietnamese Buddhist Space in Germany", In Birgit Meyer and Peter van der Veer (eds.). Refugees and Religion: Ethnographic Studies of Global Trajectories. London: Bloomsbury (open access).

  • Ngo, T.T. Tam (2019). “Contested Territory: Điện Biên Phủ and the Making of Northwest Vietnam.” Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review (e-journal) 32: 156–157. https://cross-currents.berkeley.edu/e-journal/issue-32/ngo.

  • Ngo, T. T. Tam (2019). “Dynamics of Religious Nationalism and Memory in a Sino-Vietnamese Border Town” in Modern Asian Studies, 1-35. doi:10.1017/S0026749X18000185.

  • Ngo, T. T. Tam (2019). “The Uncle Hồ Religion in Vietnam” in Kenneth Dean and Peter Van der Veer (eds.) The Secular in South, East and Southeast Asia London, Palgrave MacMillan.

  • Ngo, T. T. Tam (2016). "The new way: Protestantism and the Hmong in Vietnam". In Voice from around the world, 2016(2).

  • Ngo, T.T. Tam (2015). “Dealing with the Dragon: Sacred Geography and Urban Planning in Hanoi”. In Peter Van der Veer, ed., Handbook of Religion and the Asian City (Berkeley, University of California Press, 2015).

  • Ngo, T.T. Tam (2015). with P. van der Veer and D. Smyer Yu, “Religion and peace in Asia” in R. Scott Appleby, A. Omer, and D. Little (eds.) The Oxford handbook of religion, conflict, and peacebuilding. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Selected projects

  • DNA and DIOXIN: Following the genetic footprints of the Vietnam War, since 2021

  • The Unclaimed War: Social Memories of the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese Border War in China and Vietnam, since 2012

  • “Bones of Contention: Technologies of Identification and Politics of Reconciliation in Vietnam”. VIDI Grant (Innovational Research Incentives Scheme), Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, for a Project on DNA and Spiritual Forensics in Vietnam. 850.000 Euro, 2020 – 2024

  • Hong Kong Research Council: "Daoism, Ethnic Identity and State Socialism: the Lanten Yao on the China-Vietnam-Laos Borderland" (2018 – 2022), 2018 – 2020

  • Hong Kong Research Council: Collaborative Grant C7052 – 18 GF: Infrastructure of Faith: Religious Mobility on the Belt and Road, 2019 – 2024

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Reviewer for Public Culture, Cultural Anthropology, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Anthropological Quarterly

    History and Anthropology, European Journal of East Asian Studies, Working Paper Series: Max Planck Institute for the study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity

Media coverage

  • Ngo, T. (2019). Identificatie oorlogsslachtoffers rijt Vietnamese wonden open. De Volkskrant

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