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Mai Na M. Lee, Humanities Without Walls Research Collaborator (Co-PI), University of Minnesota, is an Associate Professor of History and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota. A global, post-colonial historian and, much like the topic of her primary research, the Hmong, who are now spread across five continents, her scholarly pursuit transcends theoretical and national boundaries. She teaches courses on Southeast Asia, the Vietnam Wars, Hmong global history, and on Hmong/Asian Americans. She travels around the world to amass the oral histories of Hmong and non-Hmong who were involved in the First and Second Indochina Wars as well as those individuals in the US and elsewhere. Her book, Dreams of the Hmong Kingdom (UW Press 2015), examines how this ethnic minority negotiated for autonomy at the margins of expanding empires and contentious states during the French colonial era, and how they affected the direction of history.