• Undergraduate

Pamela Nguyen Corey

Faculty Member in Arts and Media Studies

Email: pamela.corey@fulbright.edu.vn 

Fields of Interest:  

  • modern and contemporary art history and visual studies (regional focus: Asia, Southeast Asia) 
  • theories of postcolonialism and decoloniality, urbanism, space, diaspora, transnationalism, globalization, aesthetics, historiography, sound, voice, and textuality 

Education: Ph.D. 2015, Cornell University, USA


Pamela Nguyen Corey researches and teaches modern and contemporary art history, focusing on Southeast Asia within broader transnational Asian and global contexts. She received her BA (Studio Art) from the University of California, Irvine, and her Ph.D. (History of Art and Visual Studies) from Cornell University. Prior to joining Fulbright University Vietnam in January 2021, she was an assistant professor in the History of Art & Archaeology department at SOAS University of London. 

Pamela has published in numerous academic journals, exhibition catalogs, and platforms for artistic and cultural commentary. Her first book, The City in Time: Contemporary Art and Urban Form in Vietnam and Cambodia (University of Washington Press, 2021), was the recipient of a Millard Meiss Publication Fund from the College Art Association. In arguing for a renewed understanding of the spatial formation of contemporary art practices in Vietnam and Cambodia, the book centers artists’ engagement with urban forms and temporalities, and complicates prevalent interpretations of postwar artistic subjectivity. Pamela co-edited “Voice as Form,” a special issue of Oxford Art Journal (2020), which introduces material from her new research into the use of voice and sound in contemporary artworks from Southeast Asia and its diasporas. She continues to carry out research on global modernism, contemporary art in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, and decolonizing art history debates in various writing and editorial projects. 

Her research has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays Program and the Center for Khmer Studies, and by the British Academy for a Newton Mobility Grant project titled “Constructing Decolonial Art Histories of Southeast Asia” (2017-18) in collaboration with the University of Malaya. In 2019 she became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the UK. 


  • Introduction to Visual Studies 
  • Introduction to Art History and Theory 
  • Introduction to Modern Art 
  • Arts of Southeast Asia 
  • Visualizing Vietnam 
  • Special Topics in Contemporary Art 

Select Publications:  

Corey, Pamela N. The City in Time: Contemporary Art and Urban Form in Vietnam and Cambodia. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2021. 

Corey, Pamela N., and Wenny Teo, eds. “Voice as Form,” special issue, Oxford Art Journal 43, no. 2 (Summer 2020). 

Corey, Pamela N., and Nora A. Taylor. “Đổi Mới and the Globalization of Vietnamese Art.” Journal of Vietnamese Studies 14, no. 1 (March 2019): 1-34.  

Corey, Pamela N. “Siting the Artist’s Voice.” Art Journal 77, no. 4 (Winter 2018): 84-96.

Corey, Pamela N. “Beyond yet Toward Representation: Diasporic Artists and Craft as Conceptualism in Contemporary Southeast Asia.” Journal of Modern Craft 9, no. 2 (July 2016): 161-81.  

Corey, Pamela N., and Ashley Thompson, eds.On Modern and Contemporary Cambodian Art and Aesthetics,” special issue, Udaya, Journal of Khmer Studies 12 (2014).