Vatthana Pholsena graduated from the Institut d’Études Politiques ( School of Political Studies) in Grenoble, France in 1997, before moving to the U.K. to pursue her Ph.D. at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hull. She first came to Singapore in 2002 on a postdoctoral fellowship at the Asia Research Institute, then took up a position as Assistant Professor in the Southeast Asian Studies Programme in 2004. She returned to France in 2007 after being recruited into the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) as a research fellow. In 2011, she was posted to IRASEC (Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia), an institution run jointly by the CNRS and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Bangkok. 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.