Leslie Turpin, PhD

After teacher-training in refugee camps in Thailand, Leslie began teaching in SIT’s MA in teaching programs in 1989. Her interests include refugee adjustment, cultural identity and memory, cultural and linguistic revitalization, reflective practice, classroom inquiry, teaching practice, literacy non-formal education, and teaching supervision. She received her PhD in integral studies at the California Institute for Integral Studies in 2004. Her research on intergenerational passing of cultural memory within a Laotian-American community led her to an exploration of the relationship between heritage culture/language vitality and the support of artists in a community. She has served as the tour manager for a Laotian-American folk opera troupe, Sau Sing Pin; she has also worked as the managing director of Sandglass Theater, an internationally acclaimed puppet theater, where she produced two international festivals. She is currently US tour manager for the Georgian ensemble Zedashe. Leslie is a 1985 graduate of SIT’s MA in TESOL program.


  • PhD, California Institute for Integral Studies
  • MAT, School for International Training
Leslie Turpin, PhD

SIT Graduate Institute

Associate Professor and Chair


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