He has broad research and teaching interests in Chinese maritime and territorial frontiers, the Qing Empire, colonial and postcolonial Vietnam, as well as U.S. foreign affairs. Having concentrated his earlier academic work on cultural history, he has since moved on to explore questions of sovereignty, law, rights, and immigration. His dissertation project, entitled "Thuyền Nhân: Vietnamese Refugees, Human-Rights Policy, and Global Governance in Hong Kong," is a new international history of the boat people — 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 sixth-year Ph.D. candidate and instructor. The courses he offers on the Hilltop include Sino-American Relations Since 1776; China II: From Empire to Nation(s); and The Makings of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. The variety of other courses for which he previously served as a T.A are 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's the recipient of several accolades from the university, such as the Royden B. Davis Teaching Fellowship, a five-year Departmental Ph.D. Fellowship, a two-year Language Scholarship to learn Vietnamese at Johns Hopkins SAIS, the Institute for Global History's Summer Grant, and three Conference Travel Grants.
He lived in Washington, D.C., for one unforgettable college semester in the fall of 2014 — when he interned at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History — before returning four years later as a Hoya to study under Professor James A. Millward. But no matter how far he goes, his heart is with the place he'll forever call home: Hong Kong.