Liam Kelley

Associate Professor & Undergraduate Coordinator

Vietnam, Mainland Southeast Asia


Office: Sakamaki Hall B408
Phone: (808) 956-8421



BA Dartmouth, 1989; MA Hawai'i, 1996; PhD Hawai'i, 2001


Liam Kelley received his B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Dartmouth College, 1989, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Chinese history from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1996 and 2001. His previous research focused on cultural and intellectual aspects of the historical Sino-Vietnamese relationship, as well as Confucianism in Vietnam. His current research examines popular religion in late-nineteenth/early-twentieth century Vietnam.

Professor Kelley offers graduate courses in modern Southeast Asian history and comparative Asian history, and undergraduate courses on mainland Southeast Asian history as well as surveys of world history and Asian history.


Representative publications:


“The Biography of the Hồng Bàng Clan as a Medieval Vietnamese Invented Tradition,” Journal of Vietnamese Studies 7.2 (2012): 87-130.  


“‘Confucianism’ in Vietnam: A State of the Field Essay,” Journal of Vietnamese Studies 1.1-2 (2006): 314-370.


Beyond the Bronze Pillars: Envoy Poetry and the Sino-Vietnamese Relationship (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2005).


Professor Kelley has also created a website for translations of materials for early Vietnamese history called Viet Texts and he maintains a blog on Southeast Asian history called Le Minh Khai's SEAsian History Blog.



Beyond The Bronze Pillars