An Pham

Ph.D. Candidate
Buddhist Studies

Research Focus:

An is studying the Buddhist use of television in Taiwan. While the technological progression in the use of new mediums of communication is taken for granted, An looks at questions of whether or not 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. Through looking at the Buddhist use of television in Taiwan, An also addresses the issue of whether television can only operate with commercial purposes of mass consumerism as its goal or whether other models of television operation are possible based on the examples of Buddhist usage.


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:

  • Fall 2014         EACS 23: Chinese Buddhism                      Dr. Steavu
  • Winter 2014    EACS 23: Chinese Buddhism                      Dr. Steavu
  • 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

Awards

  • 2014 Taiwan Ministry of Education Short Term Research Award
  • 2014 Graduate Dean’s Advancement Fellowship
  • 2013 Taiwan Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship
  • 2013 Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant

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