My background

I was born and raised in the south of Vietnam for the first 19 years of my life. Upon receiving the ASEAN Undergraduate scholarship, I moved to Singapore for my studies and stayed in this amazing country for 9 years. I subsequently moved from Singapore to USA to pursue my Ph.D. in Communication with a full scholarship. 


I received both my Bachelor of Social Sciences, First Class Honours (2014) and Master of Arts (2017) from the Department of Communications and New Media (CNM), National University of Singapore (NUS), and also briefly worked there as a Research Assistant. I worked as a Research Assistant, then Senior Research Assistant at Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) for more than 2 years (2017-2019). I am currently doing my Ph.D. at the  USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Los Angeles, California.  


I am passionate about communication research and have conducted fieldwork in both Singapore and Vietnam. 


I use both English and Vietnamese every day, and I try to learn Chinese and Japanese whenever I can. I love fiction books and play the piano [but I currently don't have access to one]. I used to be a heavy book hoarder, and I am forever a popular culture enthusiast. 


EDUCATION

  • In Progress, Ph.D. in Communication
    University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism


  • 2015-2017, Master of Arts in Communications & New Media
    National University of Singapore, Department of Communications and New Media
    Thesis Title: "Parental Mediation of Pre-schoolers' Tablet Usage in Vietnam".


  • 2010-2014, Bachelor of Social Sciences (First Class with Honours) in Communications & New Media
    National University of Singapore, Department of Communications and New Media
    Thesis Title: "ICT Use of Vietnamese Migrant Students in Singapore to Connect with Left-behind Families and Friends".

HONOURS & AWARDS

  • 2020, USC Annenberg Graduate Fellowship Research and Creative Project Symposium (USD$1,500), The Graduate School, Office of the Provost, University of Southern California, USA
  • 2020, Travel/Research Award (USD$1,000), The Graduate School, Office of the Provost, University of Southern California, USA
  • 2020-2024, USC Annenberg Graduate Assistantship, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, USA
  • 2019-2020, USC Annenberg Fellowship, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, USA
  • 2018, Travel Grant Award (SGD$350), Digital Transactions in Asia 2018 conference, October 10-12, Manila, the Philippines, organised by The University of Queensland, Australia and De La Salle University, Manila, the Philippines
  • 2016, Conference Sponsorship for Graduate Students (SGD$2,000), Academic Research Fund to attend the 66th ICA conference, June 9-13, Fukuoka, Japan, awarded by National University of Singapore and Singapore's Ministry of Education, Singapore
  • 2015-2016, Graduate Tutor Assistantship (GTA), National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • 2015-2016, NUS Tuition Fee Allowance/Waiver (TFW) for Graduate Students, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • 2014, Dean's Scholar List plus SGD$500 (Undergraduate top 1%), National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • 2014, Dean's List (Undergraduate), National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • 2014, Dean's List (Undergraduate), National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • 2012, Dean's List (Undergraduate), National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • 2011, Dean's List (Undergraduate), National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • 2010-2014, ASEAN Scholarship for International Undergraduate Students, National University of Singapore, Singapore