Duong Van Thanh, EdD

Dr. Duong Van Thanh teaches courses on educational policies and practices in Vietnam that integrate with development and social changes and related issues in Southeast Asia. Her research focuses on community environmental sustainability, narrowing the gender gap, and addressing challenges and opportunities and solutions initiated by local peoples. Her teaching and research are community-based and her students engage actively with stakeholders in development of class projects and independent student research.

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Van Thanh, D. (Ed). (Forthcoming) Higher Education in Vietnam: Emerging Trends.

Berger, J.B. and Van Thanh, D. (2004) Leading Organizations for Universal Design, Equity & Excellence in Education, 37:2, 124-134, DOI: 10.1080/10665680490453959

Van Thanh, D. (2005). Educating Hard-to-Reach Children in Viet Nam. In Vargas-Barn, E. and Alarcn, H.B. (Eds.), From Bullets to Blackboards: Education for Peace in Latin America and Asia. (pp.83-107). Inter-American Development Bank.

Chapter: Multi-grade Teaching and Alternative Basic Education in Post War Viet Nam: One Purpose, Different Ways, chosen as a case study author for the Project “Education and Social Reconstruction in Latin America and East Asia”. July 2003. This project is assisted by the Inter-American Bank/Japan Program and implemented by the Institute for Reconstruction and International Security through Education 

A Case Study on Community Development and Girl’s Education in Northern Upland Areas of Viet Nam, 1999, published by Oxfam, Ha Noi.

A Case Study on Girls’ Work and Girls’ Education in Viet Nam, 1997, published by UNICEF, Ha Noi.

Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (ISVNS 2021).  Digital Education in Narrowing the Gender Gap. Conference Proceedings on Viet Nam’s Active Integration and Sustainable Development. Publishing House of Social Sciences. October 2021.

VNU Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities. Paper presented on December 8, 2021 Empowering Women and Girls in Mekong Delta, Vietnam: Opportunities and Challenges in Climate Action Plan 2021-2030 (Forthcoming)

Review of Social Sciences, Ho Chi Minh City, Developing the Critical Thinking

Through Learning Experience and Typology: A Model of Studying Abroad in International Schools in Ho Chi Minh City. Vol 8(252) 2019. ISSN: 1859-0136)

Mentoring Students Conducting Research in Developing Countries: Case Studies Vietnam (Forthcoming)


Van Thanh, D. (2021, December). Empowering Women and Girls in Mekong Delta: Opportunities and Challenges in Climate Action Plan 2021-2030.  Vietnam National University, virtual.

Van Thanh, D. (2021, October). Digital Education in Narrowing the Gender Gap: Studies in 50 Universities in Vietnam. Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences.

Van Thanh, D. (2021, September). Centering Indigenous Voices: The Promise of DEI and the Limits of Coloniality. School for International Training Critical Conversations Series, virtual.

Van Thanh, D. (2021, April). Digital Education and Gender Leadership. School for International Training Critical Conversations Series, virtual.

Van Thanh, D. (2019, July). A Discussion on Air Pollution in Hanoi Capital of Vietnam: Issues, Challenges and Local Efforts. [Conference presentation]. Vietnam in Europe, Europe in Vietnam: Identity, Transnationality and Mobility of People, Ideas and Practices across Time and Space, Leiden University, Netherland.

Van Thanh, D. (2017, June). Perception Toward the Vietnamese Current Performing Art: Case Studies in Vietnam. [Conference presentation]. International ADI Conference, Asian Dynamics Initiative, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Van Thanh, D. (2015, May). Enhancing Cultural Competence through Vietnamese Language Instruction Among SIT Study Abroad Students in Vietnam. [Conference presentation]. GUAVA Conference at University of California, Los Angeles, CA.

Van Thanh, D. (2010, August). Teaching the Vietnam War for Undergraduate American. [Symposium presentation]. Fostering Multicultural Competence and Global Justice: An SIT Symposium. School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont.

Van Thanh, D. (2008, June). Integrating Service Leaning in Study Abroad Program: Engaging Students with the World and Lessons from Vietnam. Center for International Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Van Thanh, D. (2003, November). Multigrade Teaching and Alternative Basic Education in Post War Viet Nam: One Purpose, Different Approaches. [Conference presentation]. The Future of Children and Youth in Countries with Conflicts: Education and Social Reconstruction in Latin America and Asia Conference, Washington, D.C.

Van Thanh, D. (2003, March). Learning from the Field: Applying Dimensions of Social Capital Theory and Educational Attainment during the Doi Moi Process in Viet Nam. [Conference presentation]. CIES Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.


  • EdD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • MA, Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • BA, English Teaching, Hanoi University, Vietnam
  • BA, German Language, Hanoi Foreign Language College, Vietnam
Duong Van Thanh, EdD

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