Assistant Professor of Sociology
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. Students who’d like to connect can feel free to schedule a conversation through my appointment calendar.
M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
For more on publications, see my abridged CV.
- Asian American Studies Program Advisory Committee
- Committee on Academic Standing