Jeffrey Ngo

Jeffrey C. H. Ngo specializes in Global Asia.

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He has broad research and teaching interests: Chinese maritime and territorial frontiers; the origins, practices, and legacies of the Qing Empire; colonial and postcolonial Vietnam; and U.S. foreign relations. Having concentrated his earlier academic work on music history, he has since moved on to explore questions of sovereignty, law, immigration, and human rights. His dissertation project, entitled "Thuyền Nhân," is an international history of the boat-people refugee crisis — and the three Indochina Wars more generally — that illuminates the long trajectory of Vietnam-Hong Kong connections. Besides a Georgetown M.A. (2020) in History, he holds his first M.A. (2017) in Humanities and Social Thought and his B.A. (2016) in History and Journalism from New York University.

He's currently a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate. He'll be the instructor of record of China II: From Empire to Nation(s), the second half of the History Department's traditional two-part introductory survey, in Summer 2023. A recipient of the Royden B. Davis Teaching Fellowship, he'll then build and lead a brand new upper-level seminar on modern Southeast Asia in Spring 2024: The Makings of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. The variety of other courses for which he previously served as a T.A. include The Pacific World; Central Eurasia: Steppe Empires and Silk Roads; China I: Origins and Imperium; The French Empire Since 1600; U.S. in the 1960s; and HyperHistory.

He lived in Washington, D.C., in the fall of 2014 for one unforgettable semester in college before returning four years later — to study under Jim Millward — as a Hoya. But no matter how far he goes, his heart is with the place he'll forever call home: Hong Kong.