Pamela Nguyen Corey is an historian of modern and contemporary art, with area expertise in Southeast Asia and Asia more broadly. She received her BA (Studio Art) from the University of California, Irvine, and her PhD (History of Art and Visual Studies) from Cornell University, after which she took up post as Lecturer in South East Asian Art at SOAS. Her research is informed by theories of subjectivity, space, urbanism, postcolonialism, diaspora, globalization, art historiography and aesthetics. Her current book project examines the relationship between contemporary art and urban form in the late and post-Socialist periods in Vietnam and Cambodia, and is drawn from her doctoral dissertation research, which was supported by fellowships from Fulbright-Hays and the Center for Khmer Studies. She has co-organized international conferences at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (Vietnamese Ceramics: Objects at the Crossroads, 2015) and The MoMA (Contemporary Art in Cambodia: A Historical Inquiry, 2013). Her writings appear in Art Journal, Journal of Asian Studies, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Journal of Modern Craft, Udaya, Journal of Khmer Studies, as well as in numerous exhibition catalogues and platforms for art criticism.
At SOAS she is a member of the Centre for South East Asian Studies (CSEAS) and the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS). She is currently teaching modules on contemporary art and “the global”, and modern and contemporary art within broader Asian as well as more focused Southeast Asian contexts. Her teaching is structured through a thematic and comparative approach, with emphasis on critical methodologies. She also contributes to Themes in the Art and Archaeology of South and Southeast Asia; Critical Readings in Arts and Cultures; Arts, Culture and Commodification: Themes in the Global Creative and Cultural Industries, and Curating the Global Arts.