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  • Phan Le Ha



    • 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/written as Phan Le-Ha, Ha Phan, Ha Le Phan, Le Ha Phan, and Le-Ha Phan), a Full Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, College of Education, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and concurrent Senior Professor at the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (Brunei) since July 2018. Prior to joining University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2014, I had been with the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. I have also held visiting and honorary positions at universities in Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the UK. I hold degrees from universities in Vietnam and Australia.

    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.

    Over the past decades, I have been teaching, doing research and publishing on identity-language-pedagogy-culture studies, international/transnational higher education, academic mobility, TESOL, the globalization and internationalization of education and sociology of knowledge production. My research and teaching have covered a variety of regions and contexts, with a particular focus on Australia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the Gulf region. With my shift to Hawaii, I am developing ideas and projects to examine in-depth issues surrounding global and international engagement and new initiatives in education in North America and the Pacific region, while continuing to enrich, deepen and broaden my established research and scholarship. My research interests, on-going projects and publication details can be found at: as well.

    At both Monash University and University of Hawaii at Manoa, supervising/advising graduate students has always been my passion and commitment. To date, I have supervised/advised till completion many MA and PhD students on a wide range of topics related to my expertise, research strengths and professional knowledge. After their graduation, my students remain active in conducting research, writing for publications and serving community in their multiple roles and professional capacities globally. I am currently supervising/advising PhD students at Monash University, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

    Serving community has always been at the heart of what I do. I have been serving as Series Editor for New Perspectives in Language and Education, published by Multilingual Matters Publishing House, UK ( I have also served as Editor of the Teaching Issues Section in TESOL Quarterly (2014-2018). Currently, I am also on the Editorial Board of reputable international peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Language and Education, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Journal of Language, Identity and Education, and Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration.

    Alongside my teaching, research, supervision/advising of graduate students, and serving community, I have been dedicated to the Engaging with Vietnam (EWV) Initiative, which I founded in 2009 while working at Monash University in Australia. Associate Professor Liam Kelley from the Department of History, University of Hawaii at Manoa became the co-founder of EWV in 2011 and both of us have been building EWV since then.

    Engaging With Vietnam 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. Engaging With Vietnam and Journal of Vietnamese Studies (published by the University of California Press) have recently introduced a joint publication initiative whereby special issues consisting of high quality papers presented at the annual EWV conferences get published in JVS, following a rigorous peer-review process. Dr. Liam Kelley and I are in charge of this EWV-JVS joint publication initiative and co-edit these special issues.

    I am grateful to every learning opportunity I have had and to every individual with whom I have exchanged ideas and aspirations. I am thankful to all those whose work and scholarship have inspired and enriched me. I am enjoying learning every single day.

    Mahalo and Aloha,
    Phan Le Ha/Phan Le-Ha

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    808 956 7328




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