Dịu-Hương Nguyễn earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees at the University of Washington, Seattle with a concentration in the history of modern Viet Nam. She has a M.A. degree in Southeast Asian Studies from Ohio University as well. Her work focuses primarily on the social history of Vietnam and the human dimension, in particular the voices and experiences of ordinary people in the Viet Nam War era.
Nguyễn is developing her dissertation research into a book manuscript entitled Eve of Destruction: A Social History of Viet Nam’s Royal City, 1957-1967. Based on written and oral historical sources and extensive field research this grassroots history illuminates how war transformed social life in the imperial city of Hue in central Viet Nam from the establishment of the University of Hue in 1957 to the start of the Tet Offensive in late January 1968. She is the primary author of a students' history book series published in Viet Nam and serves as history consultant for television and film projects; her writing has appeared in the New York Times and various published works.
Nguyễn taught a course on the history of the Viet Nam wars and organized an oral history project to capture and document the lives and experiences of the Viet Nam War generation, veterans and civilians and activists both American and Vietnamese. These interviews, conducted by her students, are archived in the Haverford College Libraries.