Victoria Nguyen is a sociocultural anthropologist interested in sustainable design, globalization and transnational processes, human-non-human relations, environmental justice and race. Her current book project, Urban Interrupted, reveals how the category of the “un-urban” is shifting traditional urban-rural distinctions with profound consequences for both urban citizenship and human-environment relations in contemporary China. Nguyen’s latest research tracks the most destructive species to ever invade North America: the emerald ash borer. Examining the longstanding relationship between China and America’s late-industrial cities, the project explores the intimate entanglements of invasive species, city planning, and state sovereignty, at a time of increasing environmental and economic precarity.
Mount Holyoke Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in Sociology & Anthropology