Dr. Nawang B. Phuntsog is an associate professor of education in the Department of Elementary, Bilingual, and Reading Education at California State University at Fullerton, and received his doctorate of education in 1993 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His areas of specialization include multicultural education, curriculum development, and teacher education.
He has been selected as a Fulbright Research Scholar to India for the year 2011-2012 by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board consisting of Presidentially appointed 12-member Board, responsible for establishing worldwide policies for the Fulbright Program and for the selection of Fulbright recipients. Dr. Phuntsog will conduct research that will primarily explore the causal relationship between the effects of Heritage Language (independent variable) on math and science achievements (dependent variables) of 6th grade Tibetan children in India.
He has been invited nationally and internationally to present scholarly papers on bilingual education, multicultural education, and schooling of children in the Diaspora. He also examines the role of language, race, and culture in the schooling process and has thus an enduring interest in developing programs that would prepare future leaders grounded in a culture of inclusion, integrity, and social justice.
Selected professional sample works:
Phuntsog, N. (Eds). (2011) Schooling & Tibetan Culture in Transnational Context. (Symposium Monograph) Irvine, CA: University of California, Irvine, May 2011.
Phuntsog, N. (2010, June). Strengthening Bilingual Education: The heart of academic & social sustainability in the Tibetan Plateau. Paper presented at University of Oslo, Norway.
Phuntsog, N. (2009. April). Bilingualism and Minority Education in the United States: Lessons & challenges for the Tibetan case. Paper presented at Tibetan Education and Language Policy Symposium, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
Phuntsog, N. (2006, February). Rethinking schooling in Tibet: From social-cultural perspectives. Paper presented at Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.