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Round Table on Future of Myanmar's Social Science Education & Research Culture

Feb 3 2021 | 9 am CST/ 9:30 pm MMT | Virtual

Round table on Myanmar's Future of Socia

This virtual round table invites junior scholars from Myanmar pursuing doctorate degrees in different social science disciplines to come together and discuss the future of Myanmar's Social Science research and education. 

The discussion will be in Burmese and is targeted for the next generation of Myanmar scholars who are interested in pursuing a research career in the social sciences.

Free & Open to Public.

 

Read more about the participants below.

Participants

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Kam Tung Tuang a.k.a Peter Suante belongs to a Chin/Zo ethnicity in Myanmar. He got his first degree in education (B.Ed.) and worked as a secondary school teacher for two years in Somra town, Naga Self-administered Zone. Then, he studied educational sociology (M.Ed.) at Sagaing University of Education, and Educational Leadership and Policy (M.A.) at Beijing Normal University.

 

Currently, Peter is a voluntary program coordinator in The Hills Education Foundation and also a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Hong Kong. His research interests include educational policy and private tuition.

Wint Myat Thu is a second year Ph.D. student in Economics at University of Arizona. Her research interests center around topics in environmental/ energy economics and industrial organization. In 2019, she received her B.A. from Sewanee: University of the South where she was fully-funded for four years as an International Honors Scholar. At Sewanee, she studied Economics with minors in Mathematics and International Studies.

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Jangai Jap is a Ph.D. Candidate in the George Washington University’s Political Science Department. Her research interest includes ethnic politics, minority representation, public opinion, and Burma/Myanmar politics. Her dissertation aims to explain factors that shape ethnic minorities’ attachment to the state.

 

Her research is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship and Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Judaic Studies from Yale University. She is originally from Kachin State and attended Burmese public school until 5th grade. 

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Phyu “Pannu” Khin, M.A. is a third year Clinical Psychology PhD student at the University of Vermont. Pannu grew up in Myanmar and studied Neuroscience at Montana State University for her undergraduate studies. She has worked in the fields of neurobiology and global mental health as a researcher and trained to work as a Mental Health Specialist at McLean, Harvard Teaching Hospital.

Currently in her PhD program, Pannu’s research and clinical work focus on (1) developing culturally appropriate psychological assessments and treatments for different mental health disorders, and (2) strengthening resilience after traumatic experiences. Pannu is a recipient of Prospect Burma Scholarship, and International Peace Scholarship for her graduate studies. In her free time, she loves traveling, reading, drinking tea with friends, and singing. 

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Mya Juliet Kyaw has a B.A. in Economics with a minor in mathematics from Clark University, MA. Juliet is currently pursuing her PhD in Applied Economics at Oregon State University. Juliet is also a Frederic Bastiat Fellow at George Mason University in Virginia. Her current research interests are climate change economics and flood insurance. 

Aung Hein is a DPhil in Public Policy candidate at the Blavatnik School of Government in  University of Oxford. His research focuses on public organizational behaviors, specifically the  organizational socialization of public employees. He has the multiple years of experience leading  policy research and advocacy programs in Myanmar.

 

He holds a Master in Public Affairs (MPA)  from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs as well as a master’s  degree in international political economy from the University of Kent. He loves outdoors and is a football enthusiast. 

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Chu May Paing is a founder and current director at Aruna Global South. She holds a BA in Linguistics from Queens College/City University of New York and a MA in Cultural Anthropology from University of Colorado Boulder. Chu is currently pursuing a doctorate in Cultural Anthropology at University of Colorado Boulder. Her research interests intersect at the issues of visuality, gender, affect, semiotics, and materiality in urban Myanmar. Her doctoral research has been funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

 

When Chu is not challenging her own privileged Bama-Buddhist upbringings, she writes against neolcoloniality and whiteness in western academia. She co-hosts a Burmese-language podcast named Chu Toe Toe Sagarwine where she and her colleague Than Toe Aung regularly discuss social "taboo" topics in Myanmar society.

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