Trung Anh Nguyen

Ph.D. Student (2019 Cohort)

Dissertation Project

Authoritarian Durability in Communist-led Single-Party Regimes

Professional Background

Political Polling & Market Research


Statistical Analysis (SPSS, STATA, R), Qualitative Methods, Vietnamese, Japanese


Trung Anh’s research interests lie at the intersection of party-building and state capacity and how they affect authoritarian endurance and variance in East and Southeast Asia. She is particularly interested in non-electoral single-party regimes led by Communist parties, and the topics of how historical patterns and other factors (i.e. economic development, origins of parties etc.) have shaped the variation in their state capacity and durability. In her M.A. thesis, she examined the phenomenon of party-state convergence, as well as institutional and ideological adaptations taken by the Communist Party of Vietnam to resist a regime transition.

Prior to joining the JSIS PhD program, Trung Anh received her M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and her B.A. in Political Science with a Japanese minor from Bryn Mawr College.

Grants & Fellowships:
Wanamaker Fellowship, University of Washington, 2019
Division of Social Sciences Scholarship, University of Chicago, 2017-2018