Olga Dror, 2019–2020

Ho Chi Minh’s Cult in Vietnamese Statehood

Henry Luce Fellowship, 2019-20

Associate Professor of Asian History, Texas A & M University

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Olga Dror

Educated in Russia, Israel, and the United States, Olga Dror is currently associate professor of history at Texas A&M University. She has authored, translated, and co-edited five books and numerous articles. The focus of her research ranges from Vietnamese and Chinese theistic religions and European missionaries in Asia in early modern times to the study of the civilian experience during the Tet Offensive in Hue, to North and South Vietnamese youth during the Second Indochina War to political religions.

Her most recent monograph Making Two Vietnams: War and Youth Identities, 1965–1975 was published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press. Her articles have appeared in the leading journals of several fields: Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Journal of Social History, Journal of Cold War Studies. Among her awards are a National Endowment for Humanities Fellowship, a National Humanities Center Fellowship, and a Dan David International Fellowship. She is currently working on a monograph titled Ho Chi Minh’s Cult in Vietnamese Statehood.

Selected Publications

Making Two Vietnams: War and Youth Identities, 1965–75

  • Dror, Olga. Making Two Vietnams: War and Youth Identities, 1965–1975. Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • Dror, Olga. “Foundational Myths in the Republic of Vietnam (1955–1975): ‘Harnessing’ the Hùng Kings against Ngô Đình Diệm Communists, Cowboys, and Hippies for Unity, Peace, and Vietnameseness.” Journal of Social History 51, no. 1 (2017): 124–59.
  • Dror, Olga. “Establishing Hồ Chí Minh’s Cult: Vietnamese Traditions and Their Transformations.” The Journal of Asian Studies 75, no. 2 (2016): 433–66.
  • Nhã Ca. Mourning Headband for Hue: An Account of the Battle for Hue, Vietnam 1968. Translated by Olga Dror. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014.
  • Dror, Olga. Cult, Culture, and Authority: Princess Lieu Hanh in Vietnamese History. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2007.