Dr. Richard Tran received his PhD in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley where he worked on the cultural history of gender in colonial and contemporary Vietnam. Prior to Singapore, he was a visiting scholar at Berkeley’s Program in Critical Theory. His research interrogates the changing relationship between gender “difference” and the formation of socio-historical norms. He draws on interdisciplinary methods and firmly believes that an array of critical tools is vital to understanding the complex object that is “gender” in Southeast Asia. He is the winner of numerous awards and prizes, including the Fulbright and Jacob K. Javits fellowships. His interests encompass the history and theory of gender, theories of race and ethnicity, rhetoric and hermeneutics, critical theory, queer studies, the cultural, social and political history of Indochina and Vietnam.