MATTHEW O’LEMMON
Address:
Room 422, Building G, HIT Campus  (518055)
Email:
m.olemmon@gmail.com
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PERSONAL PROFILE
 
Anthropologist originally from the US with work and research experience in North America, Europe, and Asia
RESEARCH INTEREST
 
Southeast Asian studies, civil society reform in post-conflict countries, religious nationalism in Theravada Buddhist countries, and cultural materialism
EDUCATION  
1996
BA in History, University of Oklahoma
2002
MA in Anthropology, California State University, Fullerton
2003
MSc in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh
2011
PhD in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh
RESEARCH & WORK EXPERIENCE  
2014-Present
Associate Professor, HIT Shenzhen
2012-2014
Business Development Manager, The Southeast Asian Group
2011-2012
Research Consultant, QUO Media
2011
Lecturer in Consumer Behavior, Cetana PSB Intellis International College
2009-2010
Research Consultant, White River Partners, LLC
2006-2007
Lecturer in Technical Writing and Research Methodologies, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit
2002-2007
Business Partner, Synergy Group of Costa Rica
1999-2001
Academic Advisor, California State University, Fullerton
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION & ACADEMIC SERVICE
 
2012-2013
Member, Tsunami Society International
2006
TESOL English Teaching Certificate, TEFL International
2001
Archaeological Fieldschool Certificate, California State University, San Bernardino
2002-Present
Lambda Alpha Anthropology Society
1995-Present
Golden Key Society
1995-Present
Phi Alpha Theta History Society
RESEARCH PROJECTS
2014/01 – Present
Conducting research on nation branding in Vietnam
2013/06
Created the anthropology website www.anthro-news.com
2013/02
Managed branding campaign for The Southeast Asian Group in Bangkok, Thailand
2011/12 – 2012/02
Fieldwork examining tourist perception of the Vietnamese tourism industry in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2011/10 – 2011/11
Fieldwork examining the influence of the media during the 2007 Indian Ocean Tsunami in KhaoLak, Thailand
2011/09
Managed research for the branding campaign for Khiri Travel Group in Bangkok, Thailand
2009/04 – 2010/01
Conducted research on the higher education system in Cambodia and feasibility studies for White River Partners, LLC
2007/08 – 2008/04
Conducted research in Cambodia on religious nationalism
2006/09 -2007/06
Developed curriculum for clinical research units in Vietnam, Indonesia, and China
2003/12 – 2004/12
PhD fieldwork examining the reconstruction of the Buddhist monastery in Cambodia, post-civil war
2001/04 – 2001/08
MA fieldwork examining transnational cultural issues among Taiwanese migrants in southern California
RESEARCH ACHIEVEMENT & AWARDS
PATENT
   
PAPER & BOOK PUBLICATIONS
PhD Thesis
• 2009. A Two Site Study of the Reconstruction of the Buddhist Monastery in Cambodia Post-Khmer Rouge, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
Curriculum
• 2007. General Curriculum for Clinical Research Units, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Indonesia, China).
• 2007. Advanced Curriculum for Clinical Research Units, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Indonesia, China).
Research Workshops
• 2011. Khiri Travel Group Branding and Corporate Culture Workshop. QUO Media. Bangkok, Thailand.
• 2012. The Southeast Asia Group Branding Workshop. Bangkok, Thailand; Joshua Tree, California, USA.
Commissioned Reports
• 2009. The Cambodian Education Sector: An Assessment of the Private University Industry in Cambodia. White River Partners, LLC. San Francisco, California, USA.
• 2011. KhaoLak, Thailand: Seven Years after the Indian Ocean Tsunami. QUO Media. Bangkok, Thailand.
• 2012. Vietnam: Economic & Tourism Development Survey, 2012. QUO Media. Bangkok, Thailand.
Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals
• 2011. Buddhist Identity and the 1973 Cambodian Buddhist Holy War, in, Asian Anthropology, Sept., vol. 11. Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
• 2013. Chaos Theory and the Role of Expert Analysis as a Periodic Attractor during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, in, Science of Tsunami Hazards, July, vol. 32, no. 3.International Tsunami Society, Honolulu.
• 2013. Spirit Cults and Practices in Kep Province, Cambodia. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 25-49.National University of Singapore.
Articles under Peer-Review
• 2013. Merit-Making, Political Influence, and the Latent Ideal of the Buddhist Wat in Southwestern Cambodia. Submitted Oct., 2013 to: Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, German Institute of Global Affairs, Berlin.
Articles in Progress
• 2014. Brand Vietnam: Tourism in a Post-Socialist World.
CONFERENCE PAPERS/TALKS
 
TEACHING/SUPERVISING EXPERIENCE
Updated:2014-07