Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut novel, The Sympathizer (2015) won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, a California Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Literature Award from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association and numerous other awards. His latest work of fiction is a collection of short stories titled The Refugees (2017).
Nguyen is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. His academic writing includes Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (2002) and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (2016), which was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction and the National Book Award for Nonfiction. He is also co-editor with Janet Hoskins of Transpacific Studies: Framing an Emerging Field (2014).