Tara Tran

My research interest is on the ethics and efficacy of hospitality in the form of humanitarianism and human rights from its historical to contemporary context. To approach this in my dissertation, I examine a case study: the politics of protecting indigenous women's bodies in Cambodia during the period of the French protectorate. The narrative involves a network of French civil servants and private citizens, European and American institutions, and local indigènes involved in affairs related to caring for and regulating indigenous pregnancy and childbirth, prostitution, and gender-based violence. This project evolved from my work with an international non-governmental organization on health and hygiene programs for women and their families.

Before beginning at Hopkins, I spent a year in Cambodia as a Fulbright U.S. Student Scholar, working on Kbach Untitled, a project on story and memorials in Khmer society and culture since the genocide.

Thesis Title: "Hospitality Engendered: Women's Bodies, Empire, and Humanitarianism in Cambodia, 1863-1954"

Main Advisor: Professor Shepard