The Hmong Studies Consortium was originally established as a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. It has since expanded to include a number of other academic institutions involved in Hmong Studies, including Chiang Mai University in Thailand and various other institutions in Wisconsin, Minnesota and other parts of the United States. The goal of the Hmong Studies Consortium is to promote Hmong Studies, including Hmong Studies in America, Hmong Studies in Asia and transnational Hmong Studies.
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Ian Baird, Humanities Without Walls Research Collaborator (Co-PI), University of Minnesota, Hmong Studies Consortium, is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is affiliated with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the Asian American Studies Program and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison. He is also on the executive committee of the Hmong Studies Consortium, and is the coordinator for the Hmong Studies Consortium at UW-Madison. His research covers a wide variety of topics. His Hmong Studies oriented research relates to the Hmong involvement in the Communist Party of Thailand, Hmong movies made in Thailand, and Hmong political and military resistance to the Lao PDR government.