Vatthana Pholsena is a research fellow at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). In 2013, she returned to the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at NUS as an Associate Professor.
Her current research covers the social history of the Vietnam Wars from the vantage point of the Lao-Vietnamese borderlands, and the nexus between state, local elite, and ethnicity in post-socialist Laos. More generally, her research interests include the processes of state and social formation in borderlands, the interaction between the past and personal and collective memories, and post-socialism in Asia. She is mostly known for her work entitled Post-war Laos. The Politics of Culture, History and Identity (ISEAS-Cornell University Press, 2006). She recently published Interactions with a Violent Past. Reading Post-Conflict Landscapes in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (NUS Press, 2013, with Oliver Tappe, eds.).