Ann Marie Leshkowich

Ann Marie Leshkowich first traveled to Vietnam in 1988 as an undergraduate. Her visits to bustling marketplaces in Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho sparked a desire to understand the connections between gender, entrepreneurship, and social relationships in contemporary Vietnam. Now an Associate Professor of Anthropology at College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA), Leshkowich has conducted extensive research in Vietnam on gender, marketplaces, economic transformation, middle classes, fashion, social work, and adoption. Her publications include: “Making Class and Gender: (Market) Socialist Enframing of Traders in Ho Chi Minh City” (American Anthropologist, 2011); “Wandering Ghosts of Late Socialism: Conflict, Metaphor, and Memory in a Southern Vietnamese Marketplace” (Journal of Asian Studies, 2008); “Woman, Buddhist, Entrepreneur: Gender, Moral Values, and Class Anxiety in Late Socialist Vietnam” (Journal of Vietnamese Studies, 2006); and Niessen, Leshkowich, and Jones (eds), Re-Orienting Fashion: The Globalization of Asian Dress (Berg, 2003). She is currently completing a book manuscript exploring gender, economics, kinship, and class in the lives of female cloth and clothing traders in Ho Chi Minh City. Leshkowich earned her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University in 2000.