Phi H. Su

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Assistant Professor of Sociology

Hollander Hall Rm 56


Hi there! I’m Phi Su (pronounced fee soo), and I use she/her pronouns.

I’m interested in people on the move and the understandings and convictions they carry with them across borders. My book, The Border Within: Vietnamese Migrants Transforming Ethnic Nationalism in Berlin (cover and trailer below), best captures my concern with how people rebuild their lives after war and border crossings.

I’ve done a bit of border crossing myself: born in Vietnam, I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley (“the 626”) and am a first-gen proud product of the California public education system. I’ve studied, taught, and lived in Berlin and Abu Dhabi. In Williamstown, I continue to find joy in singing, learning but never quite mastering languages, and describing food with perhaps a little too much zeal.

I look forward to conversations with folks about migration and mobility, inequality, intersectionality, and creative ways to hone a sociological imagination.


B.A. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Scholarship/Creative Work

portrait of a subway station in Berlin, half of the frame in red and the other half in yellow, with the title "The Border Within: Vietnamese Migrants Transforming Ethnic Nationalism in Berlin"

For more on publications, see my abridged CV.

Current Committees

  • Asian American Studies Program Advisory Committee
  • Committee on Academic Standing
  • Faculty Steering Committee