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    • Educational Foundations


    • 2005 PhD Monash University, Australia

    Area(s) of Interest

    • Sociology of Knowledge and Education; Language, Society, and Education
    • Language - Culture - Pedagogy - Identity; Higher Education (including policy, practice and pedagogy surrounding the internationalisation of education, international students, academic identity, intercultural issues); TESOL; and Writing

    Brief Biography


    I am Phan Le Ha (also known as Ha Phan, Ha Le Phan, Le Ha Phan, and Le-Ha Phan), a Professor (Full) in the Department of Educational Foundations, College of Education, the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I also hold adjunct and honorary positions at Monash University in Australia and Vietnam National University Hanoi.

    At the University of Hawaii at Manoa I am also the Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in leading the University's engagement with Southeast Asia.

    I have been able to do research in a variety of regions, with a particular focus on Australia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the Middle East. With my recent shift to Hawaii, I am developing projects to examine issues surrounding global and international engagement and new initiatives in education at all levels.

    One highlight of my work is the Engaging with Vietnam Initiative, which I have been developing since 2009. This Initiative has brought together scholars, researchers, policy makers, diplomatic officials and the general public to collaboratively and critically engage with knowledge production and scholarship building related to Vietnam and beyond. Annual scholarly conferences are a major part of the Initiative. Http://

    I have been advising students' research on a wide range of topics related to my expertise. To date, I have advised until successful completion over 20 students (Honours, Masters, and PhD levels).

    My publication details can also be found at:

    Mahalo and Aloha,
    Phan Le Ha

    Contact Information

    Office Phone

    808 956 7328




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    Curriculum Vitae


    Scholarly Works


    • Chowdhury, R., & Phan, H. L. (2014). Desiring TESOL and international education: Market abuse and exploitation. UK, US, Canada: Multilingual Matters.   Details
    • Phan, H. L., & Baurain, B. (2011). Voices, identities, negotiations, and conflicts: Writing academic English across cultures. UK: Emerald Press.   Details
    • Baurain, B., & Phan, H. L. (2010). Multilevel mixed ability volume, classroom practice series. Washington, DC: TESOL.   Details
    • Phan, H. L. (2008). Teaching English as an international language: Identity, resistance and negotiation. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.   Details
    • Book Chapters

    • Phan, H. L. (2015). Unequal Englishes in Imagined Intercultural Interactions. In Tupas, R. (Ed.), Unequal Englishes: The Politics of Englishes Today, (pp. 223-243). Hampshire and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.   Details
    • Phan, H. L., Dat, B., & Ha, V. H. (2014). Language policies in modern-day Vietnam: Changes and challenges. In Peter Sercombe and Ruanni Tupas (Ed.), Language, Identities and Education in Southeast Asia, (pp. 232-244). Hampshire and New York: Palgrave.   Details
    • Phan, H. L., & Linh, L. T. (2013). Living the tensions: Moral dilemmas in English language teaching. In Terri Seddon, Jenny Ozga, & John Levin (Ed.), Routledge world yearbook of education 2013, (pp. 220-235). USA, UK, Canada: Routledge.   Details
    • Huyen, L. T. T., & Phan, H. L. (2013). Problematizing the culture of learning English in Vietnam: Revisiting teacher identity. In Martin Cortazzi & Lixian Jin (Ed.), Researching cultures of learning, (pp. 248-264). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.   Details
    • Bright, D., & Phan, H. L. (2012). 'White' native-English-speaking teachers of English in Vietnam: Negotiations of identity and the politics of English language teaching. In Lawrence Jun Zhang, Rani Rubdy, Lubna Alsagoff (Ed.), Asian Englishes: Changing perspectives in a globalised world, (pp. 121-140). Singapore, London, New York, Toronto, Sydney, Munich, Paris, Capetown, Hong Kong, Montreal: Pearson.   Details
    • Phan, H. L. (2011). Fighting for the role of the nation state in knowledge mobilisation and educational research: An autoethnography of a mobile Vietnamese scholar. In Tara Fenwick, Lesley Farrell (Ed.), Knowledge mobilization and educational research, (pp. 100-112). London: Routledge.   Details
    • Phan, H. L., Que, P. V., & McPherrron, P. (2011). English language teachers as moral guides in Vietnam and China: Maintaining and re-traditionalizing morality. In Janette Ryan (Ed.), Education reform in China: Changing concepts, contexts and practices, (pp. 132-157). London, New York: Routledge.   Details
    • Phan, H. L. (2011). Problematising ESL/EFL writing: An introduction. In Le Ha Phan, Bradley Baurain (Ed.), Voices, identities, negotiations, and conflicts: Writing academic English across cultures, (pp. xi-xxi). UK: Emerald.   Details
    • Phan, H. L. (2011). The writing and culture nexus: Writers' comparisons of Vietnamese and English academic writing. In Le Ha Phan, Bradley Baurain (Ed.), Voices, Identities, Negotiations, and Conflicts: Writing Academic English Across Cultures, (pp. 23-40). UK: Emerald.   Details
    • Le, T. B., & Phan, H. L. (2009). Examining the foreignness of EFL global textbooks in the Vietnamese classroom: Issues and proposals. In Jayakaran Mukundan (Ed.), Readings on ELT materials III, (pp. 197-212). Malaysia: Pearson Longman.   Details
    • Journal Articles

    • Phan, H. L., & Barnawi, O. (2015). Where English, neoliberalism, desire and internationalization are alive and kicking: higher education in Saudi Arabia today. Language and Education, 2015, 1-23.   Details
    • Phan, H. L. (2014). The politics of naming: Critiquing 'learner-centred' and 'teacher as facilitator' in English language and humanities classrooms. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 42, 1-14.   Details
    • Phan, H. L., & Barnawi, O. (2014). From western TESOL classrooms to home practice: a case study with two ‘privileged’ Saudi teachers. Critical Studies in Education, 57, 1-18.   Details
    • Phan, H. L. (2014). Review of "The World Bank and education: critiques and alternatives". Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 2014, 1-3.   Details
    • Phan, H. L. (2013). Review of "Education in South-East Asia". Cambridge Journal of Education, 2013, 1-3.   Details
    • Parr, G., Phan, H. L., Faine, M., & Seddon, T. (2013). Globalisation and its challenges for history teaching. Agora: History Teachers' Association of Victoria, Collingwood Victoria Australia, 48, 19-26.   Details
    • Phan, H. L., Kho, J., & Chng, B. (2013). Nation building, English as an international language, medium of instruction, and language debate: Malaysia and possible ways forward. Journal of International Education and Comparative Education, 2, 58-71.   Details
    • Phan, H. L. (2013). Issues surrounding English, the internationalisation of higher education and national cultural identity in Asia: A focus on Japan. Critical Studies in Education, 54, 160-175.   Details
    • Phan, H. L., & Li, B. (2012). Silence as resistance, choice, right and strategy among Chinese me generation students: Implication for Pedagogy. Discourse: Studies in The Cultural Politics of Education, 35, 233-248.   Details
    • Phan, H. L. (2009). English as an international language: International students and identity formation. Journal of Language and Intercultural Communication, 9, 201-214.   Details
    • Phan, H. L. (2009). Strategic, passionate, but academic: Am I allowed in my writing?. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 8, 134-146.   Details
    • Chowdhury, R., & Phan, H. L. (2008). Reflecting on western TESOL training and communicative language teaching: Bangladeshi perspectives. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 28, 305-316.   Details