Dao Nguyen


Dao Nguyen is Operations, Events, and Projects Coordinator of the Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE), University of Pittsburgh. She is also a member of the planning team of the Comparative International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference 2021 Seattle.

Her research interests are in gender, education, and development; women and leadership, and girls’ education. "Instructional Leadership in East Asia: A Cross-Cultural Collaborative Research Study" (ILEA), launched and funded by the Education University of Hong Kong; “Institutional Issues of Private Higher Education in Vietnam and Implications from Experience of the United States” funded by the Luce Foundation; and “Gender Equality in Public Administration (GEPA” launched and funded by the UNDP, and implemented by the University of Pittsburgh Ford Institute are cross-national research projects she have recently joined as principal and co-principal investigators. And "Asian American Women in the Academy: Multiple Success Case Study of their Leadership Labyrinths and Practices” is her latest publication on the American Journal of Qualitative Research.

Dao has over 20 years of working experience in the capacities of practitioner, advocate, manager, researcher, and policy-maker in education and international relations fields (public and private sectors) in Vietnam and the U.S. She worked as a researcher and an operation manager at the IRED Institute of Education, Vietnam. She was appointed Vice Director of the External Relations Department of An Giang Province, Vietnam and elected as a member of the National Assembly of S.R. of Vietnam, Term XI (2002-2007). She managed research and international relations activities at An Giang University, Vietnam.

Dao holds a BA in English Teacher Education from Can Tho University (Vietnam) and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Boston College (USA) under the Fulbright Program Scholarship. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student in Higher Education Management and is enrolled in graduate certificate programs in Gender-Sexuality & Women Studies, Asian Studies, Global Studies, and Quantitative Research Methodology at the University of Pittsburgh.