About me

Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.” – Charles Reade

Born and raised primarily in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam until 2011, I departed to Helsinki, Finland to start my academic journey with the Bachelor in Economics at Aalto University and an exchange studies in behavioral economics, philosophy and political science at National University of Singapore. In 2014, upon realizing my passion for academic research, I left for Amsterdam to work on the Research Master at the Tinbergen Institute and later, a PhD degree in Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

By collecting novel speech data sets of debate tournaments and negotiation exchanges, I combine computational linguistic tools and applied econometric techniques to extract insights on gender differences in speech behavior and any ensuing impacts on evaluations. In my on-going research projects, I integrate NLP & ML techniques into online survey and field experiments to understand: (1) heterogeneities and the effectiveness of persuasion strategies across social groups; (2) how group deliberation impacts individual beliefs & preferences; and (3) how persuasion mechanism propagates across echo chambers.

Before the pandemic, when I am not researching, I spend my weekends roaming across 23 European and Asian countries, to debate and adjudicate in 45+ major debate tournaments. This streak of weekend adventures have brought around quite some international successes, most recently, at the World and European Universities Debate Championships. Debating and adjudicating at professional level enables me to continuously train my logic argumentation, strategic intuition and, most importantly, respectful communication with people from various walks of life.

Debating is a crucial tool to sharpen democratic civic engagement. With extensive coaching and adjudicating activities, I strive to provide a solid social and learning foundation for as many people to benefit from this activity as possible, especially those from less developed debate circuits in Vietnam, Finland and the Netherlands.

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