Born in Hanoi in 1970, Nguyen Nguyet Cam attended Hanoi National University, earning an undergraduate degree in English language and literature. After moving to California in 1995, she entered the M.A. program in the Group in Asian Studies at UC Berkeley where she completed a thesis on the history of spy fiction in southern Vietnam. She has taught Vietnamese literature at UC Berkeley for almost a decade.
She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Berkeley, writing a thesis on the canonization of Nguyen Du's The Tale of Kieu as the national Vietnamese poem. In addition to her academic work, Nguyen Nguyet Cam has completed numerous literary translations, including Vietnamese versions of E.B. White's Charlotte's Web and Trumpet of the Swan (Kim Dong Publishing House) and English language versions of Vu Trong Phung's novel Dumb Luck (University of Michigan Press), a volume of short stories by Nguyen Huy Thiep entitled Crossing the River (Curbstone Press), and the collection of Vietnamese folk-tales, Two Cakes Fit for a King (University of Hawaii Press).