Pham Quynh Phuong is an anthropologist who graduated from La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia) with Ph.D. thesis entitled Hero and Deity: Empowerment and Contestation in the Veneration of Tran Hung Dao in Contemporary Vietnam. She teaches graduate students and supervises M.A. and Ph.D. thesis. Her research interest is on the relationship between state and society in contemporary Vietnam, how the socialist state exercise its power through discourse, and how the ordinary people, with their agency, find their own ways to practice everyday culture and produce everyday politics that might not be in the same language of the state. Her recent research projects include the religious transformation in Central Highlands of Vietnam; and the rise of LGBT movements in Vietnam.