Trang Pham

Doctoral Candidate, University of Missouri

Incoming Post-doctoral fellow (2022), University of Missouri

Diversity in Higher Education | Immigration

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2021 (expected): Ph.D. in Public Affairs

University of Missouri, USA

2014: M.A. in Development Studies

University of Sussex, UK

2010: B.A. in English

Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam


Working papers

  • Grading practices of international instructors at research universities

(Job-market paper, working version)

This paper contributes to the literature on diversity in higher education by examining assimilation among international instructors working in the U.S. academic environment. I focus specifically on whether international instructors exhibit assimilative behaviors with respect to their grading practices over time. Using a unique dataset of over 2,700 randomly selected instructors and a research design that accounts for the disproportionate representation of international faculty by fields, I show that international faculty assign lower grades than domestic faculty, on average. Moreover, I document a divergent trend in grading practices for international faculty relative to domestic faculty over time. I conclude that there is no evidence of assimilation among international instructors as measured by their grading practices.

  • Home-country characteristics and Post-migration behaviors: Evidence from grades assigned by international instructors

This study examines the extent to which home-country characteristics determine post-migration behavior among immigrant academics in the U.S; specifically, their grading practices. My analysis is based on a unique dataset of over 2,700 instructors in three Research-I universities, which I use to test if international instructors’ grading behaviors are predicted by four home-country characteristics: (1) the familiarity of the citizens of the home country with U.S. culture; (2) school quality in the home country; (3) the level of academic freedom in the home country, and (4) attitudes toward gratification in the home country. I find that familiarity with U.S. culture and the attitudes toward gratification in the home country are significant determinants of grading behaviors among international instructors in the U.S. independently. However, a factor analysis reveals that all four of these factors are closely intertwined. After constructing a combined index of all four of these cultural measures using factor analysis, I show that immigrants from countries that are more like the U.S. are more lenient graders compared to those from countries with index values indicating greater cultural distance from the U.S.

  • The gender wage gap among faculty at U.S. universities is narrowing: Evidence from panel data (with Cory Koedel)


  • Acculturation into academia: A narrative analysis of day-to-day teaching among international graduate instructors in a Southeastern university (Manuscript in preparation)

  • Tracking technological discrimination of ethnically diverse faculty members in bibliometric academic databases (with Ann Obadan, data analysis)

  • Are there enough Ph.D. graduates for diversity hiring to fill the student-faculty racial mismatch in U.S. Higher Education? (with Yung-Yu Tsai, data analysis)

  • Is science funding funding science? (with Cory Koedel and Brian Kisida, data collection)

  • Does cultural diversity among faculty affect academic department performance at research universities? (data collection)


  • PA-8430: Policy Analysis (Fall 2020)

Teaching assistant -Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri

  • PA-8181: Advanced research methodology for public affairs (Spring 2019)

Teaching assistant - Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri

  • Invited lectures

03/2020: Li Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University

02/2020: Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri-Columbia

09/2019: School of Foreign Languages, Hanoi University of Science and Technology

11/2015: Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam


  • 2021: Abstract Evaluator, Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievements Forum.

  • 2019-2020: Member of MU International Teaching Assistant Program Advisory Board

  • 2018-2020: Member of GPC International Student Affairs Committee

  • 2018-2019: Representative of Doctoral Students from Truman School of Public Affairs at MU Graduate and Professional Students Council (GPC)

  • 2018-2019: Member of MU Residence In-state Tuition Committee


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