Jacinda Tran

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Jacinda Tran hails from Philadelphia, where her parents had been resettled in the aftermath of the American War in Vietnam. 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 addressed the politics of identity construction through the built environment, and informs her current work on the intersections of US militarization and memory construction in space. Jacinda is interested in how technologies of warfare circulate through the racial formation and representation of Southeast Asian refugees after the Vietnam War, especially within the confines of urban deindustrialization and securitization.

Asian American Studies; Carceral Studies; Critical Refugee Studies; Cultural and Human Geography; Postcolonial Theory; Race and Ethnicity; Transnational History; Urban Studies; Visual Culture; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies