Professor, Asian Studies
Keith Taylor became interested in Vietnam as a result of his U.S. Army service in the Vietnam War. He earned his PhD in 1976 at the University of Michigan. He subsequently taught in Japan and Singapore for several years before returning to the United States in 1987. He has visited Vietnam for research and scholarly exchange many times and lived continuously in Vietnam for two years in the early 1990s while studying and teaching.
He has published many books and articles about Vietnamese history and literature, most recently A History of the Vietnamese (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He pioneered the teaching in North America of literary Vietnamese in the character script based on literary Chinese called chữ Nôm.
Current Projects: "Vietnamese literature and government administration during the reign of Minh Manh (1820-40) as seen in the poetry and career of Nguyen Cong Tru"
Key Networks: UC Berkeley, University of Michigan
Topics of Interest: History, culture, religion, and society of Vietnam