An Pham

Ph.D. Candidate
Buddhist Studies

Research Focus:

Buddhist television programs contain ethical messages of morality based on Buddhist tenets that attempt to influence how viewers live their lives. This technological progression in the use of new mediums of communication is taken for granted, but it raises questions of whether technologies like television simply help to spread the same Buddhist messages that have been expounded for generations, or whether the medium and the way in which it is used changes fundamental aspects of how the message is delivered and received. I am examining such questions as they pertain to Buddhist organizations and their usage of television in Taiwan.


Academic History

  • B.A. University of California Los Angeles
  • M.A. California State University Long Beach
  • M.A. Thesis: Time and the Lotus Sutra

Teaching Experience

Assistantships:

  • Winter 2013    EACS 21: Zen Buddhism                             Dr. Hillis
  • Spring 2012    EACS 4B: East Asian Traditions, Modern     Dr. Berry & Dr. Frühstück
  • Winter 2012    EACS 21: Zen Buddhism                             Dr. Hillis
  • Fall 2011         EACS 5: Introduction to Buddhism              Dr. Wallace
  • Spring 2011    EACS 4B: East Asian Traditions, Modern     Dr. lewallen & Dr. Wong
  • Winter 2011    EACS 21: Zen Buddhism                             Dr. Hillis
  • Fall 2010         EACS 5: Introduction to Buddhism              Dr. Wallace
  • Winter 2010    EACS 21: Zen Buddhism                             Dr. Hillis

Additional Teaching Experience:

  • 1999-2013: Elementary-High School Substitute Teacher, Torrance Unified School District
  • 2008-2009, 2006: Japanese Teacher, North High School, Torrance,CA
  • 2001-2002, 1998: World and U.S. History Teacher, West High School, Torrance, CA

Advisors

  • Dr. Mayfair Yang, Departments of Religious Studies & EALCS
  • Dr. Fabio Rambelli, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Dr. Vesna Wallace, Department of Religious Studies