UNDERGRADUATE LECTURERS

RYAN DERBY TALBOT

Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Derby-Talbot joins FUV after eight years on the faculty of Quest University Canada, an innovative, private liberal arts college in British Columbia. For four years he served as Quest’s vice president and CAO.

Prior to joining Quest, Dr. Derby-Talbot spent three years as an assistant professor at the American University in Cairo. After graduating from Pomona College he taught English to Japanese students through the Japanese Education and Teaching (JET) Program.

Dr. Derby-Talbot holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in the field of topology and studies objects that are potential candidates for the shape of the universe, understanding them primarily through their so-called “Heegaard splittings.” He publishes regularly in mathematics as well as in teaching and pedagogy.

In his free time Dr. Derby-Talbot enjoys travel, reading, and Japanese tea ceremonies. An avid language student, he has already started learning Vietnamese.

MEGAN BULLOCH

Chief Institutional Culture, Innovation, and Assessment Officer

Prior to FUV, Dr. Bulloch was a member of the faculty at Quest University Canada, a liberal arts and sciences university specializing in transformational learning in Canada.

During her time at Quest, Dr. Bulloch was the Coordinator of the Social Sciences, part of the inaugural Faculty Performance and Review Committee, and the shepherd of the Research Ethics Board and the Institutional Assessment Plan.

As a Quest faculty member, she was dedicated to innovative educational experiences, and she facilitated holistic, transformational classes for students.

Before joining Quest, Dr. Bulloch taught in the Psychology department at Pacific University Oregon.

She holds a PhD in Psychology from The Ohio State University, specializing in comparative cognitive psychology, an M.A. in Women’s Studies and honors B.A. in Psychology from Simon Fraser University, and a B.A. in Classics from the University of British Columbia.

DINH VU TRANG NGAN

Director of Fulbright Undergraduate Programs

As a high school student in Hanoi, Ngan never dreamed of going to college outside her hometown. That all changed when a professor from Bates College made an impromptu visit to her English class.
Twelve months later, Ngan found herself in Lewiston, Maine, where football is played with helmets, lobsters have claws, and winter comes early and stays late. At Bates, Ngan discovered her love for social science and education.

Ngan believes passionately that Vietnam’s greatest resource is its youth. Her doctoral dissertation on the lifeways of Vietnamese young people provided a wonderful excuse for her to spend a year at work and play with young people from Lao Cai to Soc Trang.
She was humbled by the boundless creativity, empathy, and determination she found in her young friends. However, despite many hours of expert instruction, she’s still a lousy League of Legends player.

At FUV, Ngan is leading the design and development of FUV’s undergraduate program in engineering and the liberal arts and sciences.
She’s working with top curriculum designers from some of the most innovative schools in the US. The best part of her job is traveling around Vietnam meeting with high school students to better understand their hopes and dreams.

Ngan holds degrees from Bates College (BA), the University of Chicago (MA), and the University of Cambridge (PhD).

NGUYEN NAM

Dr. Nguyen Nam is a lecturer of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City since 1986, and the USSH’s former Chairperson of the Division of East Asian Studies (1993-1994), and Division of Chinese Studies (2010-2012).

Between 1986 and 1994, he worked as a lecturer in pre-modern Vietnamese literature and Vietnamese language at the Ho Chi Minh City University.

He has also taught courses in Vietnamese pre-modern writing systems, including both classical Chinese (read with Sino-Vietnamese pronunciation) and the Vietnamese demotic script Nôm.

After earning his MA (Regional Studies – East Asia) and PhD (East Asian Languages and Civilizations, or EALC) from Harvard in 1996 and 2005 respectively, he worked as the manager of the Academic Program of the Harvard-Yenching Institute (HYI) from 2004 to 2010.

He also served as Nôm Instructor for Independent Studies of Harvard’s EALC in the academic years of 1999-2000 and 2007-2008. In one of his books, Phiên dịch học lịch sử – văn hóa: Trường hợp Truyền kỳ mạn lục (Historical and Cultural Translation Studies – The Case of Truyền kỳ mạn lục, Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City, 2002), he examines translation issues regarding textual transmission and reception in particular historical and cultural contexts.

He has also conducted his research in East Asian countries, such as Japan (as a Visiting Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2016-2017), and Taiwan (as a Visiting Fellow/Scholar of Taiwan Center for Chinese Studies, 1999 and 2011).

During the summer of 2013, as visiting professor he taught in the Department of Languages and Cultures of Southeast Asia, Asian African Institute, Hamburg University.

He has also served as lecturer for Overseas Study Program of Loyola University Chicago in Ho Chi Minh City since 2012. His research interests focus on comparative literature (dealing mainly with East Asian countries), translation studies, and adaptation studies. He is currently an associate of the HYI.

AARON ANDERSON

Dr. Aaron Anderson is an international scholar having taught at the American University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Podomoro University in Jakarta, Indonesia, and most recently with the New York Institute of Technology housed at the Communication University of China in Beijing.

Dr. Anderson has conducted research on contemporary literature and cinema. In his courses, he challenges students to think about themselves and the world around them through literature, film, public speaking, and contemporary case studies.

He hopes to continue to research and teach subjects that include the pedagogies of L2 writing, literature, and critical theory, Southeast Asian popular culture at the intersection of mythology, religion, and (post)colonialism, as well as popular street cultures including punk, hip hop, and street art.

Dr. Anderson holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, San Diego, an M.A. in Literature and a B.A. in Literature and Film & Digital Media from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

PHAN VU XUAN HUNG

Hung has conducted scientific research since 2005 in a variety of topics ranging from analytical chemistry to environmental engineering and materials science.

His most current research, during his PhD (2011-2016) and postdoc (2016-2018) at University of California Santa Barbara, involves in understanding the nanoscale properties and device physics of organic electronic materials and devices.

Over the years, Hung has been advising and mentoring many high-school students, undergraduate students and PhD students. In 2016, Hung established and led an independent volunteer research group to assess the pollution level in seawater, ocean sediment and seafood in the central coast of Vietnam after the mass fish death caused by Formosa’s discharge.

Prior to experiencing PhD life in the US, Hung spent about a year working in Ho Chi Minh City for a French sporting goods company.

Before that, Hung obtained his Master degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) in Korea from 2007-2009, then worked there for one year in a research and development center for seawater desalination plant.

From 2002-2006, Hung studied in the Honor Program for his Bachelor degree in Chemistry at Hanoi University of Science. From 2004-2007, Hung did research at the Center for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development.

GRAEME WALKER

Graeme was trained as an economist at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada where he completed his PhD in 2015.  His research interests lie at the cross-section of psychology, sociology and neuroscience – commonly referred to as behavioural economics.

Graeme first became interested in behavioural economics while participating in experiments as a graduate student. Graeme’s inability to select a Nash Equilibrium in many of these experiments made him start wondering why.

It was this experience that led to a research agenda investigating how various aspects of our psyche could lead people to hold different beliefs on how they should behave.  His research suggests how different psychological factors – such as cognitive dissonance – drive social phenomena including conformity, homophily and polarization – that ultimately affect decisions made in financial, commercial, and political markets.

Over the past four years, Graeme has lectured in Ho Chi Minh City. During this time, he has taught thousands of Vietnamese students in undergraduate courses related to statistics and economics as well as MBA courses in strategy and operations management.

He has also supervised a number of MBA research projects on topics related to foreign managers in Vietnam, power structures in Vietnamese organizations and open innovation in Vietnamese SMEs.

SEBASTIAN DZIALLAS

Sebastian Dziallas received his Ph.D. in the Computing Education Research Group in the School of Computing at the University of Kent.

His research examines characteristics of computer science graduates and uses a highly qualitative, narrative methodology to explore the sense graduates make of their own educational experiences within their wider learning trajectories.

Before joining the School, he graduated from Olin College of Engineering in the United States.

NGUYEN HOP MINH

Minh lived in the Old Quarter of Hanoi until he moved with his family to Ho Chi Minh City and completed his first degree in Civil Engineering from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology in 2002.

After some time in different industries, he embarked on a rather unexpected journey overseas which will mark its 15 year milestone in 2018. After completing the Masters program at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, Minh realized there was much more to learn and he continued with a Ph.D. at Saitama University in Japan, which was followed by a research and teaching fellowship at the University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom.

The work at UCL led him to another opportunity to join Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan as a founding faculty member in one of the most ambitious international university development projects in recent years.

ANDREW BELLISARI

Dr. Andrew Bellisari received his Ph.D. in Modern European History at Harvard University.

While studying at Harvard, he was also an affiliate of the Center for European Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Dr. Bellisari’s first experience with Fulbright came when he was selected to be a U.S. State Department Fulbright scholarship recipient at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences) in Paris.

In France, he was an affiliated Masters student in the History of Colonialism and Imperialism seminar organized by Myriam Cottias.

Dr. Bellisari speaks excitedly about working with students and developing their critical thinking skills and has done so with courses on the Societies of the World, Empires and Nations and Immigration, and the British Empire.

His research explores the political and cultural processes (and consequences) of decolonization across the French empire, particularly in Algeria and he has published his work in the Journal of Contemporary History and the Journal of North African Studies.

Dr. Bellisari speaks Arabic, French, and German. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History and French from Rutgers University.

SKULTIP (JILL) SIRIKANTRAPORN

Dr. Skultip (Jill) Sirikantraporn is a licensed clinical psychologist in California and New York with research interests in trauma, resilience, and positive psychology in the context of cross-cultural and international psychology.

In the US and Thailand, she has taught multicultural competence development, qualitative methods of research, and intellectual assessment. She has passion in working with individuals from various cultural groups, honoring their unique ways of healing and growing, especially after trauma and major life crises (posttraumatic growth).

She has published articles and book chapters on the topic of resilience among marginalized and underrepresented populations, including injection drug users, patients with co-occurring disorders, new immigrants, and Southeast Asian immigrants.

Originally from Southeast Asia (Thailand), Jill has several on-going projects collaborating with professionals in Thailand, Cambodia, and India to expand and deepen psychological knowledge in the context of these cultures.

She is excited to apply this line of research in the Vietnamese context to learn how Vietnamese people perceive healing and growth after trauma or life crises and how to foster that growth in practice.

Jill is also a registered yoga instructor and interested in using holistic, mind-body integration as part of therapy and self-healing.

Jill speaks Thai, English, and a tiny bit of Mandarin, and is determined to learn Vietnamese as fast as possible.

PAMELA STACEY

Pamela Stacey comes to FUV from RMIT University Vietnam, where she has worked as a Senior English Educator and Academic Skills Instructor since 2017.

Before coming to Vietnam, Pamela taught an intensive English program at Kapiʻolani Community College and led a team of peer tutors and mentors in a learning support center at the University of Hawaiʻi. She has also taught English in Seoul, Korea and in her home state, Michigan. 

Pamela completed her M.A. at the University of Hawaiʻi in 2014. While pursuing her graduate studies, she conducted her primary research in the area of interactional sociolinguistics (IS), a form of discourse analysis. In her work with learning support programs, she identified micro-behavioral “moves”, such as laughter, telling of narratives, pauses, and interruptions, that both tutors and tutees make in one-on-one reading and writing conferences. These moves form one part of a larger picture that determines the success of one-on-one learning interactions.

During her M.A. studies, Pamela completed her teaching practicum at Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand, where she conducted research on collaborative writing projects and Thai student motivations and identities.

After receiving M.A. degree, she has continued researching in the area of academic writing development for university students. Prior to her graduate studies, Pamela received a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, where she first became interested in teaching language. 

Pamela also uses her teaching to create safe and inclusive learning environments for all students, including those who identify as LGBTQIA+.

She views being out as a queer female teacher as an important step towards providing positive role models for queer youth.

In the past, she has used her connections to local queer communities and organizations to build bridges between her schools and these communities, to the benefit of both. She hopes to continue this work at FUV. 


IAN KALMAN

Ian Kalman comes to FUV from the Department of Political Science at Western University, where he holds a postdoctoral fellowship in Indigenous-Local Intergovernmental Relations. 

He has a PhD in Anthropology from McGill University and is an affiliated member of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology’s Department of Law and Anthropology.  

Ian’s work looks at interactions between state officers and indigenous peoples, with special attention to law, governance, and borders.

He is especially interested in the ways in which law and rights are experienced and framed in face to face interactions.  

Prior to his post-graduate studies, Ian earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and has worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer and English teacher in China, Ukraine, and Turkey

 

KINHO CHAN

Dr. KinHo Chan came to Fulbright University Vietnam after teaching Biological Psychology at Hartwick College for 16 years.

After completing secondary school in Hong Kong, he went to the U.S. and studied psychology at Houghton College and then neuroscience at Purdue University.

KinHo’s research focuses on the neuro-environmental influences on social and cognitive performance. He has published research in scientific journals and conference proceedings with more than two dozen students.

Over the course of his teaching career, KinHo has worked with colleagues to develop new courses designed specifically to address transitions and propose and implement new initiatives to better integrate curricular and co-curricular efforts that advance institutional mission.

 

SAMHITHA RAJ

Samhitha received her PhD in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan (UofM).

 

Samhitha is a strong advocate of scientific outreach and education. While earning a Graduate Student Teaching Certification from UofM, she served as a member of several educational outreach program, which aimed to generate interest in research among underrepresented students within the biological sciences.

She is excited about developing effective strategies for successful pedagogy, outreach and promotion of diversity in the sciences.

Samhitha has continued her scientific outreach through teaching and mentoring in programs across the world and is thrilled to bring this experience to Fulbright as an educator and mentor.