Liam Kelley

kelley_liam_2016_192x243Associate Professor
Vietnam, Mainland Southeast Asia

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

BA Dartmouth, 1989; MA Hawaiʻi, 1996; PhD Hawaiʻi, 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 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.

For more publications, please consult Professor Kelley’s page.

Liam Kelley is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies and co-organizer of the “Engaging With Vietnam: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue” conference series.

Courses Offered

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

  • “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.
  • Imperial China and Its Southern Neighbours, edited by Victor Mair and Liam C. Kelley (Singapore: ISEAS, 2015).
  • “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.
  • “Constructing Local Narratives: Spirits: Dreams, and Prophecies in the Medieval Red River Delta,” in China’s Encounters on the South and Southwest: Forging the Fiery Frontier, James Anderson and John K. Whitmore, eds. (Leiden: Brill, 2015), 78-105.
  • “Inventing Traditions in Fifteenth-Century Vietnam,” in Imperial China and Its Southern Neighbours, edited by Victor Mair and Liam C. Kelley (Singapore: ISEAS, 2015), 161-193.
  • “Tai Words and the Place of the Tai in the Vietnamese Past,” Journal of the Siam Society 101 (2013): 55-84.
  • “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 1-2 (2006): 314-370.
  • Beyond the Bronze Pillars: Envoy Poetry and the Sino-Vietnamese Relationship (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2005).