My background

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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 then worked as a 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

  • 2019-2024 (expected), Ph.D. in Communication, University of Southern California, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.


  • 2015-2017, Master of Arts, 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), 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

  • 2019-2024, USC Annenberg Fellowship, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California
  • 2018, Travel Grant Award, 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, Academic Research Fund, National University of Singapore and Ministry of Education to attend the 66th ICA conference, June 9-13, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 2015-2016, Graduate Tutor Assistantship (GTA), National University of Singapore
  • 2015-2016, NUS Tuition Fee Allowance/Waiver (TFW) for Graduate Students, National University of Singapore
  • 2014, Dean's Scholar List (Undergraduate top 1%), National University of Singapore
  • 2014, Dean's List (Undergraduate), National University of Singapore
  • 2014, Dean's List (Undergraduate), National University of Singapore
  • 2012, Dean's List (Undergraduate), National University of Singapore
  • 2011, Dean's List (Undergraduate), National University of Singapore
  • 2010-2014, ASEAN Scholarship for International Undergraduate Students, National University of Singapore