Michael G. Vann earned his PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1999. He is currently a professor of history at California State University, Sacramento where he teaches surveys of world and Southeast Asian history, as well as courses on imperialism, genocide, and disease. While most of Vann’s work has been on the French colonial empire in Southeast Asia and Algeria, his current book project compares the representation of Cold War era mass violence in Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Indonesian museums. He has been awarded three Fulbright grants for research and teaching in France, Indonesia, and Cambodia. Vann has taught at Universitas Gadjah Mada, East China Normal University, Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (Siem Reap), and Metropolitan Business College (Hanoi). Vann is not actually a fan of rats.

The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt

A Conversation with Michael G. Vann

In The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt: Empire, Disease, and Modernity in French Colonial Vietnam (Oxford University Press 2018), historian Michael G. Vann tells the darkly humorous story of how the French colonial state unsuccessfully attempted to impose its vision of modernity upon the colonial city of Hanoi, Vietnam, focussing on a long-forgotten episode that took […]

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