2023 A. Noam Chomsky Global Connections Award Winner
NORTH STAR MEDAL OF
This award is our premier acknowledgment of outstanding achievement and success in transnational research. It honors senior scholars whose lifelong service, leadership and contributions serve as a guiding north star for scholarly collaboration in research.
Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings
Dr. Gloria Jean Ladson-Billings is an American pedagogical theorist and teacher educator known for her work in the fields of culturally relevant pedagogy and critical race theory applications to education, and the pernicious effects of systemic racism and economic inequality on educational opportunities. Ladson-Billings is well-recognized by the research community as an innovative educator. She is the author or co-author of 16 books, 54 journal articles, 72 book chapters.
Dr. Ladson-Billings is widely successful for her scholarly contribution. Her book, “The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African-American Children” is a significant text in the field of education to envision intellectually rigorous and culturally relevant classrooms that have the power to improve the lives of not just African American students, but all children. Ladson-Billings is the pioneer of “Culturally Responsive Teaching,” a pedagogy that empowers students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically by using cultural referents to impart knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
In Dr. Ladson-Billings’ book, “Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms (2001)” explores, as implied by the title, the struggles and successes of new teachers crossing cultural boundaries. In her book, “Beyond the Big House: African American Educators on Teacher Education (2005),” profiles seven prominent African American teacher educators—Cherry McGee Banks, Lisa Delpit, Geneva Gay, Carl Grant, Joyce King, Jacqueline Jordan Irvine, and William Tate.
Dr. Ladson-Billings is Professor Emerita and formerly the Kellner Family Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Ladson-Billings served as President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in 2005–2006.
During the 2005 AERA annual meeting in San Francisco, Dr. Ladson-Billings delivered her presidential address, “From the Achievement Gap to the Education Debt: Understanding Achievement in U.S. Schools,” in which she outlined what she called the “education debt” highlighting the combination of historical, moral, socio-political, and economic factors that have disproportionately affected African-American, Latino, Asian, and other non-white students. In 2021 she was elected a corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.
Dr. Ladson-Billings’ contribution to the field of education empowers the underserved communities of students across the globe and advocates for shaping a humane world for all humanity.
ACHIEVEMENT IN RESEARCH
This award recognizes influential scholarly contributions in any discipline or language, whether they be in the form of scholarly journal articles, books, book chapters, or other expressions of scholarly collaboration. It recognizes an exemplary publication, not an individual or individuals.
Dr. Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh
Dr. Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh is an international award-winning Senior Lecturer at the Department of Management and Marketing, La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University, Australia. In 2023, Dr Singh received the Society for Research into Higher Education Accolades award from the United Kingdom recognizing her academic citizenship in transnational research and practice. In 2020, Dr Singh received an international teaching recognition from Advance HE, UK as a Fellow (FHEA). In 2018, Dr Singh received two La Trobe University Teaching Awards and Best Presenter Award at the Global Higher Education Forum, Malaysia.
Dr. Singh’s research expertise is in higher education with a particular interest exploring international students’ lived experiences of academic success, employability, career aspirations and learning experiences. Dr. Singh also explores lived experiences of skilled migrants and international academics. Dr .Singh has published numerous articles in high impact journals and has presented at various national and international higher education conferences. In 2021, Dr. Singh was appointed as a Research Fellow at the Malaysian National Higher Education Research Institute and in 2023 appointed as a Research Fellow at INTI International University, Malaysia. She has led multiple funded research projects, securing nearly AUD $200,000.
Dr. Singh’s collaborations span four continents and six countries, resulting in highly cited publications across academic and non-academic platforms. In July 2023, she received the UK’s Society for Research into Higher Education Accolades award in recognition of her commitment to transnational research.
Dr. Singh has earned numerous international and institutional teaching and research awards, and she holds key editorial roles in prestigious journals. A sought-after speaker, she frequently delivers keynote addresses at international events.
Dr. Singh’s body of work comprises nearly 80 publications, including 25 journal papers as the lead author in top-tier journals. Notably, she co-authored two influential books with international scholars in 2022-2023, exploring topics like international student and graduate employability.
One of Dr. Singh’s papers, “Unequal opportunities in accessing employability-related programs: South Asian graduates’ experiences in Australia,” published in Higher Education Quarterly, achieved remarkable recognition, ranking in the top 5% of all Altmetric-tracked research outputs and trending as the number one article in HEQ for its age group. It also garnered significant readership when republished in The Conversation, reaching nearly 25,000 readers.
Dr. CindyAnn Rose-Redwood
Dr. CindyAnn Rose-Redwood is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria in Canada. Her research examines transnational social and academic experiences of international students in higher education settings across the globe, the social geographies of immigrant communities, and the transnational experiences of the Caribbean diaspora. She is the lead editor of the book, “International Encounters: Higher Education and the International Student Experience (2019).” Dr. Rose-Redwood has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to transnational research through her collaboration with scholars across the globe and through her research examining the diverse experiences of international students from different world regions, including East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean. Her work highlights the individual and evolving identities and experiences of international students, emphasizing their non-homogenous nature.
Dr. Rose-Redwood is currently co-editing a book entitled, International Student Activism and the Politics of Higher Education, which involves transnational collaboration with international scholars researching international student activism around the world.
She has made contributions to this field, including scholarly articles, a special issue, and an edited book that capture the lived experiences of international students from various regions pursuing higher education globally. One notable example is her 2023 article, “Containing the Multitudes: Rethinking the ‘International Student’ Concept through a Pluriversal Lens,” published in the Journal of International Students. This article challenges traditional notions of “international students.”
As a scholar of education and geography, Dr. Rose-Redwood applies a transnational perspective. Her 2022 special issue, “Monumentality, Memoryspaces, and the Politics of Place,” in ACME: An International Journal of Critical Geographies, investigates the spatial politics surrounding monuments and place names across different countries.
Her 2019 edited book, “International Encounters: Higher Education and International Student Experiences,” and a 2018 special issue, “Fostering Successful Integration and Engagement Between Domestic and International Students on College and University Campuses,” published in the Journal of International Students, showcase her extensive transnational collaborations with scholars from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and beyond. Dr. Rose-Redwood’s work has led to numerous international partnerships and collaborations with scholars from diverse backgrounds.
EMERGING SCHOLAR CERTIFICATE
Each year, we recognize emerging scholars who have shown significant promise and commitment to transnational research. We recognize up to two emerging scholars (post-terminal degree completion) in any field who have distinguished themselves as rising leaders in advancing transnational research. We also recognize up to two current graduate students who have demonstrated significant promise to advancing transnational research through publications, leadership, or other relevant contributions.
Dr. Minh Cuong Duong
Dr. Minh Cuong Duong is a Lecturer at the School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney, Australia. Drawing on his combined medical and epidemiology background, he contributes developing and delivering of infectious diseases and epidemiology courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. With international collaboration, he led several research projects and co-authored approximately 31 manuscripts on neglected or prevalent diseases in low-resource settings. His research findings have also been submitted to health authorities to enable policy making.
Dr. Duong has led several international collaborative research projects to address prevalent diseases in vulnerable populations and low-resource countries, such as viral hepatitis B and C and malaria in Vietnam.
Dr. Duong worked with his PhD supervisor – Emeritus Professor Mary-Louise McLaws and the World Health Organization (WHO) colleagues on the prevention and control of hepatitis B and hepatitis C virus infection in chronic hemodialysis patients with end stage renal disease in low-resource healthcare settings.
Dr. Duong’s PhD thesis submitted to the Vietnam Ministry of Health supported the policy making process. The School of Population Health awarded him the ‘PhD Prize for Best Thesis’ from He worked with Vietnamese and Australian researchers on projects to control hepatitis in the community. In 2018, the WHO appointed him as their national response consultant to viral hepatitis in hemodialysis facilities in Vietnam.
Dr. Duong is a recipient of the Australian Government Endeavour Award, the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award, the Australia Award Fellowship (Health Security), and two Australian Alumni Grant Funds to lead research projects on malaria in Vietnam with colleagues from Australia, UK, and Vietnam. The malaria paper published in early 2021 described how his team alerted the emergence of antimalarial drug resistance in Africa – a region which accounts for just over half of all malaria deaths worldwide and called for more international research to confirm this issue. Consequently, in September 2021, drug-resistant malaria was officially confirmed in this continent.
Dr. Duong’s research also focuses on neglected infectious diseases such as helminthic infection and emerging diseases or critical health issues including COVID-19, impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of frontline healthcare workers, and antimicrobial resistance. The two Australian Alumni Grant Funds lead to research projects with Australian, Bangladesh, and Vietnamese colleagues to examine the COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in public and the long-term impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of frontline healthcare workers in Vietnam. Findings of these projects were published in international peer-reviewed journals and submitted to the Vietnam Ministry of Health to enable the formation of policy. He also collaborated with colleagues to replicate research projects in Indonesia.
Mr. Charles Liu
Mr. Charles Liu currently serves as associate director for university advising at the office of associate provost of undergraduate education, at Michigan State University (MSU). He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) program at the College of Education at MSU. His research interests include institutional practices and policies that affect student success initiatives. Previously, Mr. Liu has worked along with international, federal, and local agencies to provide services to the victims and combat human trafficking. Mr. Liu also volunteered at AmeriCorps VISTA to fight against racial disparities in Los Angeles, California. Combined with his professional and scholarly experiences, Mr. Liu is keen on bringing scholarship into practice that is tangible, relatable, and achievable for practitioners across the higher education spectrum.
At MSU, Mr. Liu is deeply dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) values in global higher education. In his emerging research, Mr. Liu explores Intergroup Dialogues, emphasizing unity and collective thoughts on social justice and racial equity. He also focuses on bridging the urban-rural divide by learning from experts and providing a platform for MSU students, faculty, staff, and community members to share their experiences. Through his research, Mr. Liu aims to encourage individuals with diverse identities to explore their own and their peers’ identities, seeking common ground.
Mr. Liu contributed to the Journal of the International Ombudsman Association by reviewing a book that highlights the importance of promoting dignity, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for organizational excellence. Additionally, Mr. Liu published multiple articles and book chapters related to evidence-based academic advising and holistic support for minority undergraduate students. His research emphasizes the need to examine the adaptation and sense of belonging of underrepresented and marginalized students in college settings.
Mr. Liu advocates for culturally responsive advising for international students studying abroad. His publications, including a book chapter on humanizing academic advising with technology, a book review, a journal article in NACADA Academic Advising Today, and “Success Training for Academic Resilience,” all reflect his commitment to advancing DEIB for current and future generations of students.
Mr. Liu’s book chapter, “Humanizing the Academic Advising Experience with Technology,” as featured in the 2022 STAR Scholars Global Conference in Mauritius is recognized as an innovative academic advising idea, particularly relevant post-COVID-19, to bridge the gap between student learning and advising (Liu & Ammigan, 2021).