Dr. Tara Tran is an Adjunct Professor of History at AUPP. She joins the faculty as a historian of women, gender, and sexuality in the cross currents between Europe and Asia since the nineteenth century. Her research, teaching, and service focus on feminist and postcolonial approaches to the ethics of humanitarianism, development, and human rights in the Global South, and to thinking historically about contemporary global problems.
Cambodia and greater Southeast Asia is where Dr. Tran’s work took root. After studying abroad in the region as an undergraduate student, she returned to Cambodia as a Fulbright scholar. Following this period, she completed her doctoral degree at Johns Hopkins University, while also living in East Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. She is an advocate of the liberal arts education, and of bridging academia and practice, particularly in activism and the arts.