Department of Sociology
1115 Polett Walk
Gladfelter Hall, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Tel. (215) 204-0134
Fax: (215) 204-3352
Dr. Kimberly Ann Goyette
Kimberly 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.
Department of History
1115 Polett Walk
Gladfelter Hall, 10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Dr. Sophia Quinn-Judge
"My academic research began with the early political career of Ho Chi Minh, which involved a transnational examination of the early communist movement and Comintern; now I am studying the evolution of the concept of a ‘Third Way’ in Vietnamese politics, from the perspective of the Saigon political class and urban anti-war movement as well, as the Hanoi politburo. In an earlier life I worked as a volunteer in Southeast Asia, and as a free-lance journalist in Bangkok and Moscow."
Dr. Quinn-Judge is a highly accomplished scholar of Vietnamese history and culture. Dr. Quinn-Judge has received international recognition for her scholarly work on Vietnam, including her highly-regarded book, Ho Chi Minh: The Missing Years (1919-1941), and essays on such topics as the history of women in 20th-century Vietnamese politics. Dr. Quinn-Judge, who is fluent in Vietnamese, spent two years in Vietnam working with a medical voluntary agency and she has made numerous subsequent visits to Vietnam. She has also served as a correspondent on Soviet- Asian affairs for the Far Eastern Economic Review and has contributed to other publications such as the Guardian (London). Dr. Quinn-Judge received her Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and she was Research Coordinator of the Cold War Studies Programme in the International History Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Senior Scholar, Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society
Fax: (1) 215.701.4347
Dr. Philip Alperson
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
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.