Liam C. Kelley

Associate Professor, Institute of Asian Studies


Liam C. Kelley is an historian. His main research focuses on Vietnam, but he teaches broadly on Southeast Asian, Asian and World History.

Since 2012, Professor Kelley has been co-organizing, with Senior Professor Phan Le Ha of the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education (SHBIE) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, an annual conference called "Engaging with Vietnam: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue" (

Professor Kelley is also very interested in how the digital revolution is transforming academic life. Since 2010, he has published an academic blog, "Le Minh Khai's Southeast Asian History blog" ( It currently has more than 1,000 posts and has been viewed over half a million times. He has also produced a short-term blog on the ways in which the world of area studies is struggling to adapt to the transformations of globalization and the digital age - "Content Asian Studies" (


PhD (2001) and MA (1996) University of Hawaii at Manoa, Chinese and Southeast Asian History
BA (1989) Dartmouth College, Russian Language and Literature


Southeast Asian History; Vietnamese History; East Asian History


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Liam C. Kelley, “The Centrality of ‘Fringe History’: Diaspora, the Internet and a New Version of Vietnamese Prehistory” International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies (Forthcoming 2019).
Liam C. Kelley, “From a Reliant Land to a Kingdom in Asia: Premodern Geographic Knowledge and the Emergence of the Geo-Body in Late Imperial Vietnam,” Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review 5.2 (2016): 460-496.
Liam C. Kelley, “Moral Exemplar, Our General, Potent Deity, Confucian Moralizer and National Hero: The Transformations of Trần Hưng Đạo,” Modern Asian Studies 49.6 (2015): 1963-1993.
Liam C. Kelley, “Tai Words and the Place of the Tai in the Vietnamese Past,” Journal of the Siam Society 101 (2013): 55-84.
Liam C. Kelley, “The Biography of the Hồng Bàng Clan as a Medieval Vietnamese Invented Tradition,” Journal of Vietnamese Studies 7.2 (2012): 87-130.


Liam C. Kelley, Beyond the Bronze Pillars: Envoy Poetry and the Sino-Vietnamese Relationship (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2005).
Liam C. Kelley, “‘Confucianism’ in Vietnam: A State of the Field Essay,” Journal of Vietnamese Studies 1.1-2 (2006): 314-370.
Liam C. Kelley, “Vietnam as a ‘Domain of Manifest Civility’ (Van Hien chi Bang),” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 34.1 (2003):63-76.
“The Biography of the Hồng Bàng Clan as a Medieval Vietnamese Invented Tradition,” Journal of Vietnamese Studies 7.2 (2012): 87-130.
Victor Mair and Liam C. Kelley, eds., Imperial China and Its Southern Neighbours (Singapore: ISEAS, 2015).