Welcome Kelly Nguyen! University of California Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in Rhetoric

Kelly Nguyen headshot

Jul 30, 2021

Kelly Nguyen is currently a University of California Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California – Berkeley. She graduated with honors and highest distinction from Stanford University in 2012 with a B.A. in Classics and Archaeology and became the first woman to receive a Ph.D. from the Ancient History program in the Department of Classics at Brown University in 2021. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching engage classical studies in a comparative manner to explore imperialism, forced displacement and race and ethnicity. Her dissertation is the first major study to examine the history of Greco-Roman classical reception within Vietnamese contexts. She has published an article on classical reception in 20th century Vietnam in the Classical Receptions Journal and has an article on ethnicity in the Roman Empire forthcoming.

In 2020, she became the inaugural recipient of the Society for Classical Studies’ Erich S. Gruen Prize for best graduate paper on multiculturalism in the ancient Mediterranean, as well as the 2020-2021 winner of the Women’s Classical Caucus’ Pre-Doctoral Award for best graduate paper presented at a major conference. She was a Co-Founder of the Asian and Asian American Classical Caucus, a professional organization that received the 2020-2021 Professional Equity Award by the Women’s Classical Caucus. In 2021, she won the John J. Winkler Memorial Prize.

In the fall of 2021, she will join the Department of Classics at Stanford University as an inaugural Provostial Fellow for Studies in Race and Ethnicity.