Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, PhD

Professor, Asian American Studies Department

Office: EP 426
Phone: 415-338-7592

2001   Year of first appointment in Asian American Studies


Isabelle Thuy Pelaud is Professor in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. She is author of This Is All I Choose To Tell: History and Hybridity in Vietnamese American Literature (Temple University Press, 2011) and of numerous academic essays and creative projects. She is also co-editor of award winning Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora (Washington University Press, 2014).  She is the founder and Director of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) (see and of DVAN @ SFSU (website tba). She is currently working on a creative project inspired by her mother.


PhD     University of California at Berkeley, Ethnic Studies
BA      University of California at Berkeley, Cultural Anthropology

Courses Taught

216 Introduction to Asian American Literature
218 Asian American Culture         
372 Vietnamese American Literature
581 Asian American Women
582 Asian American Women Literature and the Arts
800 Theory and History in Asian American Studies
822 Seminar: Asian American Literature and Arts

Honors, Awards, and Grants

Rockefeller Fellowship
SFSU Presidential Award for Professional Development of Probationary Faculty
Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant

Current Community Involvement

Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN), Founder and Executive Director

Current Campus Service

Faculty Advisor Hmong Student Association

AAS RTP Committee

Committtee on Writing in Ethnic Studies (CWES)

Selected Publications


Wright, Wayne E., Linda Trinh Vo, Caroline Kieu Linh Valverde, Nhi Lieu, Rifka Hirsch, Roy Vu, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, and Mark E. Pfeifer. "A Special Tribute to Anne Frank of the Southeast Asian Archive at the University of California, Irvine." Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement 3, no. 1 (2015): 5.

with Lan Duong, Mariam Lam, and Kathy L. Nguyen, eds. Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

“On the Subject of Telling: le thi diem thuy’s The Gangster We Are All Looking For.” International Symposium on “International Migration and QiaoxiangStudies” Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1. Jiangmen, PRC: Guangdong Qiaoxiang Cultural Research Center, Wuyi University. 107-119.

with Lan Duong. “Vietnamese American Art and Community Politics: An Engaged Feminist Perspective.” Journal of Asian American Studies 15.3 (Oct. 2012): 241-269.

“Stories from Beyond: A Recap of the Beyond the War Panel.” diaCRITICS (May)

This Is All I Choose to Tell: History and Hybridity in Vietnamese American Literature. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

“Eurasian.” The Perfume River: Writing from Vietnam.” Perth, Australia: The University of Western Australia.

“Lan Cao’s Monkey Bridge.” Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife. Ed. Kathy Nadeau and Jonathan H.X. Lee. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

“Sucheng Chan’s The Vietnamese American 1.5 Generation.” Nha Magazine.

“Win, Lose or Draw Your Community at 3rd VA NGO Conference.” Nha Magazine (Nov./Dec.)

“In Between.” As Is: A Collection of Visual and Literary Works by Vietnamese American Artists. San Francisco: The Vietnamese Artists Collective.

“The Plight of Vietnamese American Students at SFSU.” Nha Magazine (July).
2005     “Entering Linh Dinh’s Fake House: Literature of Displacement.” Amerasia Journal (Summer 2005). Trans. in Vietnamese, Theky21(Oct.). 

“Difference in Truong Tran’s dust and conscience.Michigan Quarterly Review: Viet Nam: Beyond the Frame (Fall).

“Vietnamese American Women Writers.” Nha Magazine (Mar./Apr.): 134-5. Also published online by Pacific News Service (June).

“Catfish and Mandala: Triple Vision.” Amerasia Journal 26.1.

“A Longing for Return: The Emerging Vietnamese American Literature.” The New Face of Asian Pacific America: Numbers, Diversity and Change in the 21st Century. Los Angeles: UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

“Metisse Blanche: Kim Lefevre and Transnational Space.” Mixed Race Literature. Ed. Jonathan Brennan. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

“Morning Light.” Of Vietnam: Identities in Dialogue. By Jane Bradley Winston and Leakthina Chau-Pech Ollier. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2001.

“Christmas ’95.” Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing. Ed. Shirley Geok-lin Lim and Cheng Lok Chua. Moorhead, MN: New Rivers Press, 2000.

“Three Women and a Master.” Making More Waves: An Anthology of Writings by and about Asian American Women. Ed. Elaine Kim, Lilia V. Villanueva, and Asian Women United of California. Boston: Beacon Press, 1997.

Creative and Curatorial Works

with Julie Thi Underhill and Dao Strom. She Who Has No Master: A Triptych. A 22 min. experimental film.

with Lan Duong, curators. Troubling Borders: Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora. Exhibition. Riverside, CA: University of California, June-Oct. 2012.

“Letgo.” Art installation. A Place of Her Own. Exhibition sponsored by the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWA), Apr.-May.

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