Jonathan London

Visiting Faculty in Social Studies

Jonathan D. London is a professor of sociology and political economy at Leiden University in the Netherlands. London first visited Vietnam as a student, in 1990, and took a research interest in the country in 1992. Returning to Hanoi in 1997, he has more than twenty years of research experience in Vietnam and has lived and worked in all major regions of the country.  In addition to his research, London has served as a consultant in Vietnam for such organizations as the United Nations Development Programme and UNICEF. London’s intellectual interests lie at the intersections of sociology, political economy, and public policy. London is the sole editor of The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Vietnam (Routledge 2022), a collection of 39 essays by leading scholars of Vietnam from around the world. Other books include Welfare and Inequality in Marketizing East Asia (Palgrave 2018) and Education in Vietnam (2011 ISEAS). London’s recent research articles have appeared in journals such as The Journal of Contemporary Asia, Social Science and Medicine, and the Annual Review of Political Science. His current research explores Vietnam’s education system and the sources and limits of its effectiveness in promoting learning. Originally from Cambridge Massachusetts, in the United States, Jonathan London holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Graduate Certificate in Peace Research from the University of Oslo.