6th Conference

Dr. Vu-Thanh Tu-Anh


Dr. Vu-Thanh Tu-Anh is the Dean the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management (Fulbright University Vietnam) in Ho Chi Minh City, and a senior research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Vu-Thanh’s primary research interests include political economy, public finance, economic development, and industrial policy. He has been leading Fulbright School’s policy research and analysis efforts. He teaches regularly in the Fulbright School’s executive education and policy dialogue initiatives with the Vietnamese government. 
Dr. Vu-Thanh has served as a member of The Consultative Group of the Vietnamese National Assembly’s Committee of Economic Affairs. He has also been a member of the Board of Experts of The National Financial Supervisory Commission of Vietnam. He frequently comments on economic policy issues in the Vietnamese media. He is currently an op-ed columnist for the Saigon Economic Times, a leading economic and business journal in Vietnam. Dr. Vu-Thanh received his MA and PhD degrees in economics from Boston College.

Featured speaker
Fulbright University Vietnam

Professor Jonathan Warren


Jonathan Warren is a Full Professor of International Studies and Co-Director of the Center for Brazilian Studies, University of Washington, Seattle. He has published extensively in the areas of critical race studies, development, art, and education. Some of his recent work includes “The Diversification of State Power: Vietnam’s Alternative Path to Budgetary Transparency, Accountability and Participation” (in Open Budgets, 2013), “After Colorblindness: Teaching Antiracism to Progressive Whites in the US” (in Teaching Race and Anti-Racism in Contemporary America, 2014), From the Bottom Up (Third World Newsreel, 2015, 61 minutes), and Cultures of Development: Vietnam, Brazil and the Unsung Vanguard of Modernity (Routledge, in press).

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Featured speaker
Invited panel
University of Washington, Seattle

Dr. Dang Van Huan

Van Huan

Dr. Huan Dang (Dang Van Huan) has been a tenured official of the International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam since 2003. Currently, he is working with the Center for Public Service, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University (PSU) as Vietnam Program Manager & Director for Vietnam Relations of the 20th Anniversary of the Normalization of Diplomatic Relations between United States and Vietnam Grant. One of his major roles is to work with both PSU and Vietnamese institutions to develop public leadership training programs for senior public officials of Vietnam.

With a scholarship from the Vietnamese government and PSU, Dr. Dang completed his PhD Program in Public Affairs and Policy at Portland State University in 2012. Earlier, he received the Master of Public Administration Degree in 2007 at Roger Williams University, in Rhode Island, U.S. and earned his Bachelor Degree in International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in 2001.

Dr. Dang’s specialization and research interests include: Vietnam contemporary politics and policy changes; policy process theories; policy change models; higher education policies and development of Vietnam, South Korea, and China; public leadership training for Vietnam; Vietnam’s state-owned enterprise management policies, and democratization process in Asia.

Keynote speaker
MOET & Portland State University

Professor William Chapman


William Chapman is Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and Professor and Acting Chair in the Department of American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Educated at Columbia (M.S. in Historic Preservation, 1978) and at Oxford University in England (D.Phil.in Anthropology, 1982), he specializes in architectural recording, the history of historic preservation and materials conservation. A four-time Fulbright scholar and American Candidate at the International Center for Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome (ICCROM), he has traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia and has served as a lecturer at Silpakorn, Kasetsart and Chulalongkorn Universities in Thailand and at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He is a frequent contributor to UNESCO projects and is a member of the ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) International Scientific Committees on the Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration and on Vernacular Architecture. Widely published in scholarly journals, he has also written on subjects ranging from the historic Volcano House Hotel in Hawai‘i to the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. His most recent publication is A Heritage of Ruins: The Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia and Their Conservation (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2013). Married and the father of two daughters, and two stepchildren, he lives in Honolulu and in Bangkok.

Keynote speaker
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Dr. Osman Z. Barnawi

Osman Z.

Dr. Osman Z. Barnawi has a Ph.D. in Composition and TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Education in TESOL from the University of Exeter, U.K. He is currently Director of the English Language Center at Royal Commission Colleges and Institutes, Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. He teaches at the Department of Applied Linguistics of RCY, and holds an adjunct position at King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His recent book is Examining Formative Evaluation of an ESP Program (July 7, 2011). He has published extensively in international referred journals. He is also a regular presenter in local and international conferences. His research interests include second language writing, teachers’ identities, critical pedagogy, crisis leadership in higher education, performance assessment in higher education, language program evaluation, internationalization of higher education, curriculum design and development, and teacher education. Dr Barnawi can be contacted at albarnawim@hotmail.com.
At this conference, Dr Barnawi will present a paper addressing a number of critical issues  regarding the role of US higher education in Saudi Arabia's  local capacity building. This paper is a part of an invited panel organised by Phan Le Ha. The panel will feature four papers addressing higher education issues across various contexts and settings.

Featured speaker
Royal Commission Colleges and Institutes Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

Professor Christopher Goscha


Christopher Goscha is Professor of International History in the History Department of the Université du Québec à Montréal. He has published widely on colonial Indochina and the wars for Indochina, including "Vietnam: A State of War, 1945-1954", Armand Colin, 2011 (in French) and a "Historical Dictionary of the Indochina War", University of Hawaii/NIAS, 2012. He is currently writing a social history of Saigon and Hanoi in a time of war, 1940-1954.

Keynote speaker
Université du Québec à Montréal

Dr Nu-Anh Tran


Nu-Anh Tran is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Asia-Pacific Studies, Academia Sinica, in 2013-2014. Her dissertation, entitled, “Contested Identities: Nationalism in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN), 1954-1963,” examines the origins of South Vietnamese nationalism and conflicts between noncommunist nationalists during Ngô Đình Diệm’s tenure. Her research interests broadly include the political, intellectual, and cultural history of the resistance war (1945-1954) and the Republic of Vietnam (1954-1975). She will start as Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut in fall 2014.

Keynote speaker
Center for Asia-Pacific Studies, Academia Sinica

Professor Angie Ngọc Trần

Angie Ngoc

Angie Ngọc Trần is Professor of Political Economy at CSU Monterey Bay. She received
fellowships at the National University of Singapore, Stanford University, University of
Wollongong, Australian National University and was a Fulbright Professor at Hanoi National University (1999-2000). Her 2013 book, Ties That Bind: Cultural Identity, Class, and Law in Vietnam’s Labor Resistance, covers labor protests from the French colonial period to the 21st century global market system and worker agency in all types of enterprises in Vietnam. Her 2012 co-authored Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Competitiveness for SMEs in Developing Countries: South Africa and Vietnam brings in voices of Vietnamese workers and owners in small-medium sized enterprises. Her 2004 co-edited volume with Melanie Beresford, Reaching for the Dream: Challenges of Sustainable Development in Vietnam analyzes how market and labor institutions can support long-term development. Her articles appeared in Labor Studies Journal, International Journal of Institutions and Economies, Harvard International Review, Amerasia Journal, and Review of Social Sciences (Ho Chi Minh City). Her ongoing research and manuscripts are on Vietnamese workers in South-South migration, focusing on race/ethnicity, gender and religion; critical analysis of the CSR initiative; and impacts of industrial policies (in textile/garment and electronics industries) on Vietnamese labor.

Keynote speaker
California State University, Monterey Bay

Professor Janet Hoskins


Janet Hoskins is Professor of Anthropology and Religion at the University of Southern
California, Los Angeles. Her books include The Divine Eye and the Diaspora:
Vietnamese Syncretism Becomes Transpacific Caodaism (University of Hawaii 2015), The Play of Time: Kodi Perspectives on History, Calendars and Exchange (1996 Benda Prize in Southeast Asian Studies, University of California), and Biographical Objects: How Things Tell the Stories of People’s Lives (Routledge 1998). She is the contributing editor of four books: Transpacific Studies: Framing an Emerging Field (with Viet Thanh Nguyen, University of Hawaii 2014), Headhunting and the Social Imagination in Southeast Asia (Stanford 1996), A Space Between Oneself and Oneself: Anthropology as a Search for the Subject (Donizelli 1999) and Fragments from Forests and Libraries (Carolina Academic Press 2001). She served as President of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion from 2011-13, and has produced three ethnographic documentaries (distributed by www.der.org), including “The Left Eye of God: Caodaism Travels from Vietnam to California”.

Keynote speaker
University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Dr Erik Harms


Erik Harms is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International and Area Studies at Yale University, specializing in urban anthropology, Southeast Asia, and Vietnam. His ethnographic research in Vietnam has focused on the social and cultural effects of rapid urbanization on the fringes of Saigon—Ho Chi Minh City. His book, Saigon’s Edge: On the Margins of Ho Chi Minh City (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), explores how the production of symbolic and material space intersects with Vietnamese concepts of social space, rural-urban relations, and notions of “inside” and “outside.” He has published articles in Cultural Anthropology, American Ethnologist, City & Society, Pacific Affairs, Positions, and is the co-editor of Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity (Hawaii, 2013). Harms is currently writing a book about the demolition and reconstruction of the urban landscape in two of Ho Chi Minh City’s New Urban Zones, Phu My Hung and Thu Thiem.

Keynote speaker
Yale University
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