Erik Harms is an assistant professor of anthropology at Yale University. He has conducted extensive fieldwork on urbanization, rural-urban transitions, and civilizing processes in and around Ho Chi Minh City. His recent book, Saigon’s Edge (2011), documents the material and symbolic relations between inner-city and outer-city districts in Ho Chi Minh City.
Nina Hien is a visiting scholar in the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought at New York University and an adjunct associate professor in the School of Professional Studies at CUNY. She received her PhD in anthropology from Cornell University. Her research involves the image world and visual culture of Vietnam.
Ann Marie Leshkowich is associate professor of anthropology and chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, at the College of the Holy Cross. Her scholarship on gender, class, marketplaces, economic transformation, globalization, and fashion in Vietnam has been published in American Anthropologist, Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Vietnamese Studies, and Fashion Theory. She is also coeditor, with Sandra Niessen and Carla Jones, of Re-Orienting Fashion: The Globalization of Asian Dress (2003). Her current research examines the reemergence of the field of social work and its relationship to transnational expertise and changing logics of family and personhood in urban Vietnam. [End Page 669]
Ken MacLean is an assistant professor of International Development and Social Change at Clark University. He is currently completing a book manuscript titled, “Governing Documents: Mistrust and the Politics of Authentication in Socialist Vietnam.”
Alfred Montoya is an assistant professor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University. His work is on shifts in modes of government around HIV/AIDS epidemic prevention and control in Vietnam.
Melissa J. Pashigian is associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Bryn Mawr College. Her research interests include politics of reproduction, infertility, comparative systems of medicine, knowledge production, and social constructions of kinship. She has published on social, marital, and legal aspects of infertility and assisted reproductive technologies in Vietnam. She is currently working on a book entitled “Culture of Hope: Infertility, Medicine, and Transformation in Vietnam.”
Christina Schwenkel is associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of The American War in Contemporary Vietnam: Transnational Remembrance and Representation (2009). Her work on social suffering and the transnational politics of memory in Vietnamese museums, media, and sites of trauma tourism has appeared in journals, including Cultural Anthropology, Journal of Vietnamese Studies, and American Anthropologist. Her current research examines urban aesthetics and socialist humanitarian ideologies underlying postwar reconstruction of Vietnamese cities.
Allison Truitt is an assistant professor of anthropology at Tulane University. She has conducted research on cultures of mobility, including the social life of money, in urban Vietnam. Her work has been published in Research in Economic Anthropology and American Ethnologist. She has also coedited a volume entitled Encounters with Money (2007). She is currently working on issues of citizenship in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Li Zhang is a professor and chair of anthropology at the University of California, Davis and a 2008 Guggenheim fellow. Her research concerns the cultural, spatial, and psychological repercussions of market reforms and postsocialist transformations in China. She is the author of Strangers in the City: Reconfigurations of Space, Power, and Social Networks within China’s Floating Population (2001) and In Search of Paradise: Middle Class Living in a Chinese Metropolis (2010). She has also coedited a volume with Aihwa Ong, Privatizing China, Socialism from Afar (2008). [End Page 670]