Photo by Nam-An Dinh

Photo by Nam-An Dinh


  • NYU’s Global Institute for Advanced Study Critical Collaborations Fellow (2016-Present) 
  • Black Rock Arts’ Civic Arts Grant (2016)
  • ExpressingBoston Public Art Fellow (2014-15) 
  • NYU Tisch Arts & Public Policy Grant (2013)   
  • Imaging America Joy of Giving Award (2013)
  • Gates Millennium Scholar and Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Alum (2006-Present) 


Ngoc-Tran Vu identifies as a 1.5-generation Vietnamese American transnational and multimedia artist, organizer, educator and healer. She was born in Sài Gòn, Việt Nam and raised in the Dorchester and South Boston, both working-class neighborhoods of Massachusetts. Tran received her MA in Arts and Politics at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and her BA in Ethnic Studies and Visual Arts at Brown University.

Tran is also a graduate of the Center for Third World Organizing’s Movement for Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) as well as the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), Hai Bà Trưng School of Organizing, Undoing Racism®, and the Dorchester Organizing and Training Initiative (DOT-I) where she currently serves on the Asian American Resource Workshop board. In addition, she is a member of the Winsor School Corporation.

Currently Tran is the Program Director with the Association of Independents in Public Radio (AIR). Furthermore, Tran teaches and facilitates workshops on the arts, storytelling, digital activism, healing etc. Most recently, she taught in the Future Imagemakers program at NYU's Tisch Department of Photography. Tran works across borders and is based in Boston.