Patricks current research focuses on longitudinal ethnic minority livelihoods and borderland territorialisation schemes in northern upland Vietnam as early as the late 1800s, in addition to how centralised rural development policy is translated across provincial and district levels and state actors. Using colonial and state archives to illuminate livelihoods at the turn of the 20th century, long-term ethnographic fieldwork to gather information within living memory, this study will be the first cross-district comparative study to explore how borderland ethnic minority farmers in upland northern Vietnam have navigated modernity (catalysed by French Colonial authorities) and state interventionism in two periods: 1897-1929 and in living memory (1965-present). His Masters focused on intergenerational ethnic minority livelihood change in a northern Vietnamese borderland district with an emphasis on black cardamom cultivation, livelihood diversification, and extreme weather events.
B.Sc. in Agriculture (Purdue University), M.A. in Geography (McGill University)