Jacinda Tran

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Jacinda Tran hails from Philadelphia, where her parents had immigrated to in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Jacinda grew up in Delaware and graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelor’s degree in Growth & Structure of Cities and with minors in Chinese Language and Environmental Studies. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, she completed a senior thesis on post-conflict hotel development in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Her undergraduate research on the politics of identity construction through the built environment informs her interests in spatial and social inequality, border-making, and intersectionality as a PhD candidate in American Studies. At Yale, Jacinda hopes to study the formation of Southeast Asian refugee communities in the context of US imperialism and militarization.

Critical Refugee Studies; Memory; Material and Visual Culture; Postcolonialism; Queer Theory; Cultural Geography; Violence and Security; Transnational History; Race and Ethnicity