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Paul Hillmer

Department of History
Concordia University, St. Paul, MN

     Paul Hillmer is a Professor of History at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. He is the director of the Hmong Oral History Project, which began simply as a way to help his Hmong students interview family elders to learn their own history. After collecting more than 200 interviews, he was awarded a History Channel grant to create a documentary about the Hmong resettlement in the Twin Cities (“From Strangers to Neighbors”) and authored A People’s History of the Hmong (2010). While he is currently writing a monograph outside of Hmong Studies, his current research interests in the field relate to US and Thai support of Hmong postwar anti-communist activity, political factionalism in the Hmong diaspora, Hmong and Lao veterans’ commemoration of their military service, and depictions of the Hmong in the US media..



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