Since 2006, I’ve worked in Asia within the education sector. For three consecutive summers while completing my undergraduate degree at Lehigh University, I taught advanced English in Taipei, Taiwan. During my graduate studies (also at Lehigh), I served as an NGO Representative at United Nations headquarters in New York City for a Singapore-based NGO.
Upon completion of my master’s of education in comparative and international education, I moved to and worked in Cambodia for two years, developing a research department at This Life Cambodia (TLC). While with TLC, I conducted a research study on private tutoring in six schools, which was funded by the Open Society Foundation’s Privatisation in Education Research Initiative. I also worked on Child Friendly Schools in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
After two years in Cambodia, I moved to Hong Kong to pursue my PhD in comparative education. In August 2015, I completed my doctoral studies in the Faculty of Education at The University of Hong Hong. My dissertation explored the various social relations enacted by individuals in an environment of educational privatization in one Cambodian village.
Despite my geographical focus in my research, my experience spans beyond Asia. I am currently the vice-president of the Tagore-SenGupta Foundation, a US registered 501(c)3, and was the associate editor of the journal European Education: Issues and Studies for nearly five years. I studied for one semester in Vienna, Austria and have taken courses in Melbourne, Australia. Taken together, I have lived in seven countries since 2006 — the USA, Taiwan, Austria, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Australia, and Japan.
Currently I am a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science postdoctoral research fellow in the Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo. My current project studies region making within public secondary schools in Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar. I also host FreshEd, a weekly podcast that makes complex ideas in education easily understood.
My research interests include comparative and international education, international relations, the cultural political economy of education, contemporary Cambodian politics, and the politics and economics of development.
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