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Lam Pham

Doctoral Student, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations

Lam Pham is a Ph.D. student in K-12 Leadership and Policy Studies with a specialization in quantitative methods. His research primarily uses econometric and quasi-experimental methods to investigate how school leaders in persistently low-performing schools can make effective personnel policy decisions. He is particularly interested in the capacity-building policies and practices that facilitate continuous school improvement, especially the recruitment, retention, and development of teachers and school leaders.  Lam primarily works with Dr. Gary Henry at Vanderbilt University and Dr. Ron Zimmer at the University of Kentucky.

Lam has been recognized as summer fellow at the RAND corporation, a Barbara L. Jackson Scholar, and a fellow for the Blended and Online Learning Design (BOLD) program. He currently holds positions on the Student Advisory Committee for the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) and the Graduate Student Council for the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).

Prior to his doctoral studies, Lam worked as a Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam, taught math in a turnaround high school in Oklahoma City, and served as a math instructional coach with Teach for America. He received a B.A. in chemistry from Harvard University.

Research Interests: School Reform, Educational Capacity Building, School Personnel Policy, Teacher Labor Markets