Gadkar-Wilcox, Wynn

Adjunct Professor

Office Hours

Spring 2020: Zoom, Tuesdays 11:30am-1:30 pm



Ph.D. – Cornell University, Southeast Asian History, 2002
M.A. – Cornell University, History, 2000
B.A.  – University of California Berkeley, History, 1997


Research Interests 

Southeast Asian History, Modern Vietnamese History, Intellectual History, Historiography.

Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox is Professor in the Department of History and Non-Western Cultures at Western Connecticut State University. He specializes in the intellectual history, literary history, and historiography of Vietnam from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, and has secondary interests in cross-cultural relations, world history, religion, and philosophy. He is currently working on the transformation of Vietnamese Confucianism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.



Vietnam and the West (Spring 2020)


Selected Awards

  • Outstanding Advisor Award, Western Connecticut State University, 2010
  • Faculty Member of the Year Award, Western Connecticut State University, 2006
  • Mellon Fellow, Cornell University, 2001-2002.
  • Fulbright-Hays Fellow, 2000-2001.
  • Cornell University Fellowship at the School for Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, summer 1999.
  • Ford Foundation Grant for Vietnamese Language Study in the Vietnamese
  • Advanced Summer Institute, Hanoi, Vietnam, 1998.
  • Sage Fellowship, Cornell University, 1998.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1997.


Selected Books

With Xiaobing Li and Yi Sun. East Asia and the West. San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing. 2019.

Allegories of the Vietnamese Past: Unification and the Production of a Modern Historical Identity. New Haven, CT: Yale Southeast Asian Studies, 2011.

Editor, Vietnam and the West: New Approaches. Ithaca, NY: Cornell Southeast Asia Publications, 2010.


Selected Articles and Book Chapters 

“Five Themes toward Teaching the History of Vietnamese Buddhism,” in Micheline Soong and Nicholas Brasovan, Eds., Buddhisms in Asia: Traditions, Transmissions, and Transformations. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2019: 139-164.  

“Universality, Modernity, and Cultural Borrowing Among Vietnamese Intellectuals, 1877–1919,” Transcultural Studies 3 (2018): 33-52.

“Snapshots of Authorship and Authority in Vietnamese Historical Writing,” South East Asia Research 25, no. 1 (2017): 7–33

“French Imperialism and the Vietnamese Civil Service Examinations,” Journal of American-East Asian Relations 21:4 (2014): 373-393.

“Existentialism and Intellectual Culture in South Vietnam,” Journal of Asian Studies (June 2014): 377-395.

 “Transnationalism and Multiethnicity in the Early Gia Long Era,” in Nhung Tuyet Tran and Anthony Reid, Vietnam: Borderless Histories.  Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006, pp. 194-218.

“Women and Mythology in Vietnamese History: Le Ngoc Han, Ho Xuan Huong, and the Production of Historical Continuity in Vietnam,” positions: east asia cultures critique 13: 2 (2005): 411-439.