I'm an assistant professor at UNC Chapel Hill.
I research on international macroeconomics and political economy. My current projects seek to understand how crises, from financial and economic crises to climate change, impact humanity.
My mission is to help create a beautiful world, where poverty and war are only found in historical museums, where everyone lives in harmony with nature, and where humanity unleashes our full collective potentials. (You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.)
I am inspired by innovative revolutionaries like Muhammad Yunus, Richard Branson, Carl Sagan and Bob Marley. I am also inspired by the path-breaking research of Esther Duflo and Daron Acemoglu. I hope to co-author with them one day. :)
I am on research leave in Fall 2013. My presentation schedule:
This video message from my greatest science teacher is a reminder for me, everyday, why I am an economist, a scientist, a teacher, and a humble member of this humanity.
A brief history:
- Oct-Dec 2012: Economic world tour
- July 2012: Joined the faculty at UNC Chapel Hill!
- 2012: Got my PhD from Northwestern. Professor Martin Eichenbaum was my yoda (aka advisor).
- 2009: Co-founded earth-team.org with this amazing man and have served as captain economics for the team since then.
- 2006: Graduated from Bucknell with major in Math & minor in Studio Art. Came to Northwestern.
- 2002: Arrived in U.S.A.
- 1984: Born in Hanoi, Vietnam. Prof Hieu Phan is my life long teacher and father. And Nga Vu is my beloved mother who has invested heavily in my early education.