Tâm T. T. Ngô

Tâm T. T. Ngô ( Ngô Thị Thanh Tâm, Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, 2011) is a senior researcher and associate professor at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (The Netherlands Royal Academy of Sciences, Amsterdam) and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Goettingen, Germany). Her research expertise covers a variety of social developments in postwar Vietnam, such as commemorative politics, the relationship between religion and science, the search for Vietnamese missing-in-action, and the relationship between state and society in negotiating processes of social healing. Since 2016, she has undertaken consulting work for BioGlobe (Hamburg, Germany) and the Vietnam Institute for Biotechnology on the process of introducing DNA-based forensic technology to the Vietnamese government’s war dead identification program. At the NIOD, she leads a research project, “Bones of Contention: Technologies of Identification and Politics of Reconciliation in Vietnam,” which investigates the use of spiritual and DNA forensics to find and identify war dead in Vietnam and its implication for the country’s reconciliation politics. She is the author of “Bones of Contention: Situating the Dead of the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese Border War” (American Ethnologist, 2021), “Dynamics of Memory and Religious Nationalism in a Sino-Vietnamese Border Town” (Modern Asian Studies, 2020), The New Way: Protestantism and the Hmong in Vietnam (University of Washington Press, 2016), and Atheist Secularism and its Discontents: A Comparative Study of Religion and Communism in Eurasia (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), among others. She is an elected member of AcademiaNet: profiles of Leading Women Scientists.