Christoph Giebel

  • Associate Professor
  • Joint Appointment: Jackson School of International Studies

Ph.D., Cornell University, 1996

Fields: Southeast Asia, Viet Nam
Phone: 206-543-6885
Office: THO 320 |


Christoph Giebel is Associate Professor of International Studies and History. His research and teaching interests concern 20th c. Viet Nam; comparative colonialism and (French and US) imperialism in (Southeast) Asia; history, historiography, and memory; and the spatial representations of the wars in Viet Nam.


  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Associate Professor, since 1998
    Jackson School of International Studies & Dept. of History

    Regular Courses:

    • Viet Nam Wars
    • History of Southeast Asia
    • History, Memory and Justice
    • Imperialism and Anti-Colonialism in Asia
  • Mississippi State University, Starkville MS 1996-1998


  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
    • Ph.D. Southeast Asian History, 1996 Dissertation: "Ton Duc Thang and the Imagined Ancestries of Vietnamese Communism" (co-won 1996 Cornell Southeast Asia Program Lauriston Sharp Prize)
    • M.A. Southeast Asian History, 1991
    • M.A. Asian Studies: Southeast Asia, 1989
  • University of Hamburg, Germany, 1984 - 1988
    • Studies in Vietnamistics, Sinology, and History
  • National University Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 1986 - 1987
  • First West German student in the S.R. of Viet Nam
  • Fu Jen-University, Taibei, Taiwan, 1983 - 1984
  • Eberhard Karls-University, TŸbingen, Germany, 1981 - 1983

Recent Presentations

  • "25 Years After the End of the War in Viet Nam: Reflections on Legacies and Memories," UW, 2000
  • "Vietnamese Studies in America and the 'Viet Nam/American War': Some Comments on an Ambivalent Relationship," conference on "Moving Beyond the War: New Directions in the Study of Viet Nam," University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2000
  • "The Red Flag in the Black Sea: Retracing an Imagined Ancestry of Vietnamese Communism," Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000
  • Discussant, panel on "Apprehensions of Modernity in Colonial Vietnam," Association for Asian Studies annual conference, San Diego, CA, 2000
  • "Prescription and Teleology in Vietnamese Post-Independence Historiography: Some Comments from American Academe," conference on "Southeast Asian Historiography Since 1945," Universiti Sains Malaysia, Georgetown, Penang, 1999
  • "On the 'Spirit of Service' - a hypothesis about Confucianism in (post-) revolutionary Viet Nam," ACLS Conference "Rethinking Confucianism in Asia," Univ. of California, Los Angeles, (workshop #2: "Reinventions of Confucianism in the 20th Century"), 1998

Current Research

  • Viet Nam: Ha Noi: research on Vietnamese labor, post-revolutionary historiography, et al., 1999+2000
  • "Foundations of U.S.-Vietnam Relations: The Missed Opportunity of 1945", oral history roundtable/ workshop, organized by Ford Foundation/U.S.-Indochina Reconciliation Project, New York, 1997
  • France: Navy archives, Toulon and Brest, 1993
  • Viet Nam: Ha Noi: National Archives #1, National Library, Museum of the Revolution, Ho Chi Minh Museum; Sai Gon: National Archives #2, Museum of the Revolution, Ton Duc Thang Museum; Long Xuyen: Museum of An Giang Province, Ton Duc Thang Museum; various interviews, 1992
  • France: Sorbonne University, Paris; Navy archives, Vincennes; Colonial archives, 1992

Recent Honors, Grants, and Fellowships

  • U.S. Dept. of Education, Grant for Vietnamese Advanced Summer Institute (VASI) 1999-2001, on behalf of the GUAVA consortium: co-P.I., University of Washington
  • AAC&U (Assoc. of American Colleges & Universities), Faculty and Curriculum Development Seminar on Japan: main author, Mississippi State University, 1998
  • Japan Foundation, Library Support Program award for 1997-98: main author, Mississippi State University Library
  • 1996 Lauriston Sharp Prize for "most outstanding contribution to Southeast Asian scholarship," for dissertation on Vietnamese history, Cornell Southeast Asia Program, co-recipient

Recent Service Beyond Campus

  • Organizer, "quarter abroad"-program in Viet Nam, University of Washington CHID program, ongoing
  • Consultant, Political Asylum Research and Documentation Service (PARDS), Princeton, NJ, since 1999
  • Co-Administrator and Field Director (1999+2000), Vietnamese Advanced Summer Institute (VASI), Ha Noi, Viet Nam, for the Group of Universities for the Advancement of Vietnamese Abroad (GUAVA), since 1998
  • Member, Executive Committee, Viet Nam Studies Group, Association of Asian Studies (AAS), since 1998


Select Publications

  • Striking Images: Ba Son 1925 - A Case Study of the History and Historiography of Vietnamese Labor, Ithaca, NY : Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications, forthcoming.
  • "Prescription and Teleology in Vietnamese Post-Independence Historiography: Some Comments from American Academe," in: [Southeast Asian Historiography Since 1945], Abu Talib Ahmad, Tan Liok Ee (eds.), in print.
  • "Museum-Shrine: Revolution and Its Tutelary Spirit in the Village of My Hoa Hung", in: The Country of Memory: Remaking the Past in Late Socialist Vietnam, Hue-Tam Ho Tai (ed.), Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, in print.
  • "Telling Life: An Approach to the Official Biography of Ton Duc Thang", in: Essays Into Vietnamese Pasts, Keith W. Taylor, John K. Whitmore (eds.), Ithaca, NY : Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications (Studies on Southeast Asia No. 19), 1995, 246-271.