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Lam Pham


Lam D. Pham is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at North Carolina State University. He received his Ph.D. in K-12 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Vanderbilt University, specializing in quantitative methods. A first generation Vietnamese immigrant, Lam grew up attending schools serving low-income and minority race students. These firsthand experiences shape his research, which investigates how personnel policies (e.g., compensation, professional learning, performance evaluation) affect students in low-performing schools. In particular, he examines policies aimed at building and maintaining an equitable distribution of diverse and effective teachers and principals in chronically low-performing schools. Before his doctoral studies, Lam worked as a Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam, taught math in a turnaround high school in Oklahoma City, and served as an instructional coach for Oklahoma City Public Schools. He received a B.A. in chemistry from Harvard University.


Ph.D. in K-12 Education Leadership and Policy Studies from Vanderbilt University in 2020
BA in Chemistry from Harvard University in 2011

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Scholarly Publications

Courses Taught

  •  Applied Quantitative Methods in Education I
  •  Applied Quantitative Methods in Education II

Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Fellowship, Vietnam
  • Equity and Inclusion Fellowship, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
  • Barbara L. Jackson Scholar, University Council for Educational Administration
  • Russell G. Hamilton Dissertation Enhancement Grant

Research Areas