Dr. Nguyen To Lan has worked as a researcher at the Institute of Sino-Nom Studies, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences since 2004 and as a senior researcher since 2016. She graduated with a Bachelor of Linguistics and Literature in 2003 and then a Master’s in the same major in 2006 from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University (Hanoi), and a Bachelor of Chinese Linguistics from the University of Languages and International Studies, VNU in 2007. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and Literature from the Graduate Academy of Social Sciences in 2012.
From September 2010 to June 2011, she received an ASIA Fellows Award to carry out a comparative study of Vietnamese traditional performance and Cantonese Opera in China. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute in the academic year 2013 – 2014 and a Coordinate Research Scholar in 2015. Before starting her second research in the USA, she was a Guest Scholar at the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University in October 2014. She was awarded a scholarship from American Council for Learned Studies (The Robert H.N Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies) for a collaborative project (2015 competition year).
She has given lectures at universities in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and the USA on the interactive relationship between Vietnam and China from Buddhist literature, performance studies, and religious practices aspects.