Lauren Meeker received her Ph.D. in Anthropology with distinction from Columbia University in 2007. She is currently an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is also a Research Fellow affiliated with the Center for the Study of Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society at Temple University. Her research interests include cultural politics, performance, folk music and theater, and visual anthropology. Her area of research is Vietnam.

Recent publications include:

“Forgiving Thị Mầu, a Girl Who Dared to Defy: Performance Change and Chèo Theater in Northern Vietnam.” Asian Theater Journal 32(1): 136-158, 2015.

Sounding out Heritage: Cultural Politics and the Social Practice of Quan họ Folk Song in Northern Vietnam. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2013.

Lauren Meeker and Jayasinhji Jhala. “Drums on the Red River: The Making of a Vietnamese Ethnographic Film.” Visual Anthropology 26(3): 247-265, 2013.

“Cultural Expert, Nghệ nhân” in Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity. Joshua Barker, Erik Harms, and Johan Lindquist (ed.). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2013.

“How Much for a Song? Local and National Representations of Quan Ho Folksong.” Journal of Vietnamese Studies 5.1:125-161, 2010.


Drums on the Red River. Directed by Lan Phuong, Jayasinhji Jhala, Hoang Son and Lauren Meeker. 73 minutes. Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (2010).

Singing Sentiment. Directed by Lauren Meeker. 43 minutes. Berkeley: Berkeley Media LLC (2014).

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