• Undergraduate

Luong Ngoc Tram

Faculty Member in Art and Media Studies and Social Studies


Fields of Interest: Sociocultural Anthropology, Visual Studies, Ethnographic Film Making 

Education: Ph.D. 2022, Yale University, USA  


 Tram Luong is a visual anthropologist and multimedia art practicioner. Her doctorate research unpacks issues surrounding the construction of Vietnamese otherness in Cambodia, focusing on expressions of anti-Vietnam antagonisms in different conjunctures of Cambodian history.  

Her works span the gap between contemporary art and academia and have been presented at a number of international conferences such as the Asian Studies Conference in Japan and Visualizing Asia at SOAS, London; it has also appeared in the Journal of Peasant Studies, Anthropology Now, and On Our Times–The Digital Journal of Times Museum. Her first feature film Elegy For The Time Being (2017) is an experimental documentary that merges ethnographic engagement with artistic interpretation to highlight the lasting impacts of past conflict on generations of Vietnamese artists and scholars in the United States. The film was featured at the New Haven Documentary Film Festival (New Haven, CT), Hanoi DocFest (Hanoi, Vietnam), and Ethnografilm Paris (Paris, France)—as well as a special screening at the American Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2017.  


  • Introduction to Visual Studies  
  • Introduction to Photography History and Theory 
  • Ethnographic Methods  
  • Modern Vietnamese Culture & Society  

Select Publications:   

Luong, Tram. 2020. “Covid-19 Dispatches from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.” Anthropology Now 12 (1): 45-49. https://doi.org/10.1080/19428200.2020.1761209

Luong, Tram. 2021. “Breathless: On the Political Conditions of Breathing in the Time of Racialized Subjectivity.” On Our Times – the Digital Journal of Times Museum, volume 2.

Luong, Tram. 2021. “Something in the Water: Towards a Symbolic History of Otherness in Chrouy Changvar, Cambodia.” In Zucker, Eve Monique, and Ben Kiernan, eds. Political Violence in Southeast Asia since 1945: Case Studies from Six Countries. 1st edition. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge.

Luong, Tram. 2022. “Feral atlas: The more-than-human Anthropocene, 2020, Edited by Anna L. Tsing, Jennifer Deger, Alder Saxena Keleman, and Feifei Zhou. A Stanford Digital Project. ISBN: 9781503615045.” The Journal of Peasant Studies, July 23, 1–4. https://doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2022.2092696.