Faculty Bios


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Grace Cheng, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science

Ph.D., Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa; M.A. Asian Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa
B.S., Georgetown University School of Languages and Linguistics (Major in Chinese)       

Dr. Cheng teaches courses in political science, contemporary Vietnam and China, Islam and Politics, and on current international topics such as human rights and ethnic conflict. Dr. Cheng's research focuses on reform in Vietnam and China, as well as cross-cultural perspectives on human rights. During the summer of 1998 she facilitated a series of panels on cultural change at the First International Conference on Vietnamese Studies in Hanoi, Vietnam. Summer of 1999 she returned to Hanoi to coordinate the Short Term Program for Vietnamese History and Society for college-level educators.

During the summer of 2002, Dr. Cheng received a National Endowment to the Humanities Fellowship to study The Impact of Islam on State Formation and Societal Transformation. She attended the summer institute at the University of Chicago. Dr. Cheng will teach a course in spring 2003 on "Islam and Politics." She participated in another NEH sponsored program at Eckerd College in Florida on Asian Studies. Summer 2001, she participated in a summer program at Peking University in China.

Dr. Cheng's awards include recipient of Fulbright-Hays Grant for Programs Abroad, Vietnam, 1999; Henry Luce Award; Pacific Asian Scholarship, UHM.

Selected publications include: "Reform of the Budgetary Process in Vietnam" in Explorations in Southeast Asian Studies; "Traditional Theatre of Vietnam: Hat Boi and Hat Cheo" in Vietnam: Awakening the Dragon. Grace Cheng is proficient in Vietnamese, Mandarin, and Hokkien Chinese. Dr. Cheng is faculty advisor for the United Nations Club and Amnesty International Club at HPU