We would like to welcome Visiting Assistant Professor Mytoan Nguyen-Akbar
to the University of Puget Sound! Earlier in 2014, Professor Nguyen-Akbar
earned her Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Her dissertation was titled “Ambivalent Diasporics: High-Skilled Return
Migration and Social Change in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam”, and she spent several months (over the course of six years) living alongside young Vietnamese-Americans who worked in
transnational corporations, nongovernmental organizations, and arts/media
jobs in Vietnam, to better understand their experiences of work, extended
family ties, and social lives in Ho Chi Minh City.
In her free time, Professor Nguyen-Akbar likes to keep up with popular
culture, following shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards.
She describes the importance of the “sociological imagination”, and the
insight provided by books, television, and people’s life experiences.
Professor Nguyen-Akbar is teaching two sections of SOAN 101 – Introduction
to Sociology, along with SOAN 301 – Power and Inequality.