Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society at Temple University

Dr. Kimberly Ann Goyette Dr. Kimberly Ann Goyette, Director

Kimberly Ann Goyette became director of the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society in 2011, after being acting director the previous year. Kim studies higher education in Vietnam and in Southeast Asia, more broadly. Kim is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Temple University.

Kimberly A. Goyette is an associate professor of sociology at Temple University. Her areas of specialization include education, race and ethnicity, stratification, immigration, and demography. Her recent work, published in Social Science Research and the Journal of Higher Education, has focused on whether social background and occupational expectations account for rising college expectations over time, and how social background relates to choice of college majors. Goyette has served as a reviewer for numerous sociology and education journals, most frequently for Sociology of Education, and has been chair of the David Lee Stevenson Award for the Sociology of Education section of the American Sociological Association.

Recently, Goyette has started a research project on higher education in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. She is investigating how increasing privatization and internationalization of universities in these countries affects access to postsecondary education and the fields of study available. Goyette was recently part of a team invited by the Hanoi University of Language and International Studies at Vietnam National University to lead seminars on contemporary issues in American higher education. She also spoke at an international conference on transnational education sponsored by the Center for Khmer Studies in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with a panel of Temple University-based colleagues.


Dr. Kristy Kelly Dr. Kristy Kelly, Associate Director

Kristy Kelly (University of Wisconsin – Madison, PhD) is a sociologist specializing in gender and development, policy and politics, transnational feminisms, gender mainstreaming, and social transformation. She uses gender and education as critical lenses to examine social change in Southeast Asia, primarily in Vietnam. She is currently assistant professor of global and international education at Drexel University where she teaches courses on gender and education, education diplomacy, the political economy of education reform, and qualitative research methods. She is simultaneously affiliated with the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, where she served as Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern Southeast Asian Studies (2010-2012).

Dr. Kelly is completing a book titled Whatever Happened to Comrade? The Politics of Gender and Development in Vietnam, which is a multi-year ethnography of Vietnamese feminist engagement with gender and development discourses, policies and practices, and with the state, development institutions and each other in post-socialist Vietnam. Her book illuminates training as a key feminist space, place and process for transforming social relations and development practice. Dr. Kelly has also published on higher education in Vietnam; gender, land and corruption in Africa; women and educational leadership; feminist pedagogies and online learning; transnational feminisms; and the politics of gender, class and citizenship in Asia.

Dr. Kelly received her MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her BA from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining Academia, Dr. Kelly worked for a variety of development organizations, including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Hong Kong, the Center for Southeast Asian Refugee Resettlement (CSEARR) in San Francisco, and Volunteers in Asia (VIA) in Vietnam. She established the first Vietnam office of the Institute of International Education (IIE) in Hanoi, where she lived from 1992 to 2000. She continues to consult and advise on gender, education and development issues for multilateral and humanitarian aid organizations in Asia and Africa. Dr. Kelly serves as an Expert Advisor on Training for Gender Equality and Gender Mainstreaming to the United Nations, and is a Fulbright Core Specialist on Gender Equality.


Dr. Philip Alperson Dr. Philip Alperson, Founding Director

Professor Alperson’s main interests are in aesthetics, the philosophy of the arts, theory of culture, value theory, and theories of interpretation and criticism, with special interests in the philosophy of music and philosophical questions concerning creativity, performance, and improvisation. Professor Alperson was the editor of The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, the journal of the American Society of Aesthetics, from 1993 – 2003 and is the General Editor of the Blackwell Series, Foundations of Aesthetics. He is currently at work on a book on the philosophy of music. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society and was the Founding Director of the Center for the Humanities at Temple. He directs the Department’s faculty exchange program with Vietnam, leading yearly seminars in Hanoi. He is also a sometime jazz musician.


Ngô Thanh Nhàn Ngô Thanh Nhàn, Adjunct Associate Director

Dr. Nhàn is a research fellow at the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture & Society, Temple University since September 2006. He received a B.A. and M.A. in Theoretical Linguistics at San José State University and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the New York University (1984).

Dr. Nhàn has worked in research projects in natural language processing at New York University with Prof. Ralph Grishman from 1979-1986 with support from the U.S. National Science Foundation, and with Dr. Naomi Sager since 1986, including support from the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Hôpital Cantonal Universitaire de Genève to produce a French medical language processor based on Dr. Sager’s linguistic string grammar. Dr. Nhàn has published in scholarly journals and conference proceedings with Dr. Sager. He has been maintaining the MLP since 1986, designed and implemented the MLP Preprocessor, helped formulate the XML design for the Structure Health Markup Language (SHML), as well as redid the Viewer design using XML and PHP. See Medical Language Processing and NYU Linguistic String Project.

Dr. Nhàn is an expert in computer character encoding of Vietnamese national latin quốc ngữ script, Vietnamese traditional ideographic Nôm script, and south indic Chăm script. During the early 1990’s, Dr. Nhàn was a liaison officer of the Vietnam Standard Committee at Unicode and ISO/IEC 10646. As vice president of the Vietnamese Nôm Preservation Foundation from 1999 to April 3, 2007, Dr. Nhàn designed and implemented Nôm fonts for artistic and research purposes.