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Jill ManskeLisa Vu

Doctoral Student
Expected Graduation: 2014
Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam & Chattanooga, Tennessee

Previous Education

Areas of Interest


I wanted to work in the education field after the realization that my schooling had provided me with many opportunities for personal growth and professional development. For instance, the various field trips that I took as a fourth grader introduced me to Chattanooga's places of interests that I never would have had the opportunity to visit via my family because we were new immigrants still trying to get our bearings. In college, it was through my university that I was able to complete an internship in Washington, D.C., where I worked with an advocacy group and observed politics on Capitol Hill. Also in college, I was able to study abroad in Costa Rica, which introduced me to another culture and helped me to see beyond the East/West cultural dichotomy that had been my reference point. This realization about how education can contribute to students' personal and professional advancements led me to graduate school so that I could become involved in efforts to better education worldwide and domestically. My schooling has opened many doors for me, and my goal is to do work that contributes to our knowledge base and to practices so that schooling can fulfill its function of developing individuals and society.


Vu, L. (2011). Grace, Milly, Lucy…child soldiers (review). Feminist Formations, 23(3), 178-180.

DeJaeghere, J., & Vu, L. (2011). Transnationalism and its analytic possibilities for comparative, international and development education. In J. C. Weidman & W. J. Jacob (Eds.), Beyond the comparative: Advancing theory and its application to practice. Boston, MA: Sense Publishers.


DeJaeghere, J., Wu, X., & Vu, L. (2012, April). Ethnicity and education: A critical discourse analysis of policies in China and Vietnam. Paper presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Vu, L. (2011, May). Collective remittances and education: An exploration of Vietnamese Americans’ educational nonprofit work in Viet Nam. Paper presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, Montreal, Canada.

DeJaeghere, J., & Vu, L. (2010, June). Transnationalism and its analytical possibilities for comparative and international development education. Paper presented at the World Congress of Comparative Education Societies Conference, Istanbul, Turkey.

Vu, L., Greene, L., & Yang, L. (2010, March). Girls’ workload: A synthesis of contemporary research. Paper presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, Chicago, IL.

Revised October 2013