Thuy N. D. Tran

Thuy N. D. Tran
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Contemporary Art; Postcolonial Cultural Theory; Institutional Critique, Curatorial Practices, Museology
Faculty Advisors: Laurie Monahan and E. Bruce Robertson


Thuy N. D. Tran is a doctoral candidate of contemporary art of the Asian diaspora. Her dissertation research has taken her to Washington D.C. and abroad to Southeast Asia as an Advanced Graduate Research Fellow through the Pacific Rim Research Program (2012-2013). Her extensive experience in community art activism and museum exhibitions has provided her opportunities to take fresh approaches to the often passive practice of art history. Her teaching philosophy embraces interdisciplinary and global perspectives and her research project highlights living artists as its inspiration. Her recent community work includes guest curating Marvelous Metaphors: Art as Visual Poetry (2011) ( and collaborating with the Vietnamese American Oral History Project at UC Irvine ( as part of her dissertation research. Thuy's previous museum internships include the Pacific Asia Museum (Getty Educational Grant, 1996), the UCLA Armand Hammer Museum (Getty Curatorial Grant, 1998), and the Phoenix Art Museum (Graduate Internship, 2002-2003). Her summers are partly devoted to mentoring high school students on how to create imaginative art exhibitions by conducting university-level research in art history through the UCSB Research Mentorship Program (2009-2012). She received a Master's degree in Art History from Arizona State University and a Bachelor's degree in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles with dual minors in Cultural Anthropology and Museum Studies.