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Huyen Pham Receive Fulbright Award

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Huyen Pham, professor of law at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, has been offered a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the University of Economics and Law, under the Vietnam National University System, in Ho Chi Minh City during the 2010-2011 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Pham will teach administrative law courses and advise on curriculum development. Pham’s husband, Pham Hoang Van, also received a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach in Vietnam during the 2010-2011 academic year. He is a professor of economics at Baylor University and will teach at the University of Economics.

The Phams are two of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. It is unusual, but not unheard of, for a husband and wife to be awarded grants at the same time, according to the state department.

Huyen Pham joined the faculty at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in 2006. She previously was an associate professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. Before teaching, Pham practiced law in both the private and public sectors. At the Boston firm of Hill & Barlow, she worked primarily in the litigation department, helping to represent clients as diverse as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Anderson Consulting (now Accenture) and the American Civil Liberties Union. In her work as an assistant attorney general in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, she was co-counsel to the Missouri Ethics Commission, representing the Commission in federal, state and administrative proceedings.

Her scholarship focuses on immigration law and its intersections with criminal law. In the immigration policy debate, the question of who enforces our immigration laws can be as significant as what those policies are, and Pham’s most recent projects have explored the implications of changing enforcement roles for the federal government, local governments and private parties.

Pham received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. from Harvard College. After graduation from college, she received an Echoing Green Public Service Fellowship to start a school in the Vietnamese refugee camp in Palawan, Philippines.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 286,500 people (108,160 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 178,340 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States) with the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. They are among more than 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than 60 years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit its website at or contact James A. Lawrence, office of academic exchange programs, at 202-453-8531 or

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