Ao Dai Scholars

June 26, 2006

Caroline Kieu Linh Valverde
Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies

Professor Caroline Kieu Linh Valverde received her B.A. in Political Science and Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her teaching, research and organizing interests include: Southeast Asian American history and contemporary issues, mixed race and gender theories, Design, Diaspora and Transnationalism Studies.

She is currently writing a manuscript on Vietnamese American community-Viet Nam transnational linkages through remittances, Internet virtual communities and popular music. Professor Valverde founded Viet Nam Women’s Forum, a virtual community with over 300 women globally. She was a Luce Southeast Asian Studies Fellow at the Australian National University (2004), Rockefeller Fellow for Project Diaspora at the University of Massachusetts, Boston (2001-02), and a Fulbright Fellow in Viet Nam (1999).

Through her work and abroad residences Professor Valverde has consistently advocated for Vietnamese and Overseas Vietnamese arts. In this area, her latest role is as curator of the exhibit Ao Dai: A Modern Design Coming of Age (Spring 2006) for the San Jose Museum of Quits and Textiles in partnership with Association for Viet Arts.

More information about Professor Valverde can be found at:

Contact Information:
3113 Hart Hall



Ann Marie Leshkowich
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Beaven 231
(508) 793-2788
•  fax (508) 793-3709

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
College of the Holy Cross
One College Street
Worcester, MA 01610

Office hours for Spring 2006:
M 1-4, W 1-2:45, F 1-2

Professor Ann Marie Leshkowich is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research focuses on gender, economic development, globalization, and fashion in Vietnam. Her recent publications include Niessen, Leshkowich, and Jones (eds), Re-Orienting Fashion: The Globalization of Asian Dress (Berg, 2003) and Leshkowich and Jones, “What Happens When Asian Chic Becomes Chic in Asia? Fashion Theory 7 (3/4): 281-300, 2003. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her doctoral dissertation exploring economics, kinship, politics, and agency in the lives of female cloth and clothing traders in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Prof. Leshkowich earned her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University in 2000.


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