Dissertation and Book Project
My dissertation is a study of the history and legacies of Khao I Dang refugee camp. Sometimes referred to as a "bamboo city," Khao I Dang, established in late 1979 after the fall of the Khmer Rouge, reached a peak population of 140,000 and remained open for over a decade.

I am exploring how the Cambodian relief operation in Thailand, particularly in Khao I Dang, influenced the professionalization of international humanitarian assistance in the late 1970s and 1980s. I argue that lessons derived from this experience had a significant impact on the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as it became a more "operational" agency.
I began working on this project in 2015 and have since conducted dozens of oral history interviews—including with former UN and U.S. government officials, humanitarian aid workers, and refugees—as well as extensive archival research at repositories in the United States, Cambodia, Thailand, Switzerland, France, and England.

After completing my PhD, I plan to revise my dissertation into a book manuscript.