Dr. Dat M. Nguyen received his Ph.D. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Boston University. He studies the role of religion in the construction of public ethics in post-war late-socialist Vietnam. At NIOD, he is contributing to the “Bones of Contention” research project led by Dr. Tam Ngo. His research examines the intersections between religion and the commemoration of fallen and Missing-in-Action (MIA) soldiers in southern Vietnam. The research seeks to answer how religious actors and institutions in southern Vietnam shape the discourses and practices of post-war remembrance and reconciliation, particularly among local families and communities.