Student Profile

Kaozong Mouavangsou

Ph.D. Student - Language, Literacy & Culture


  • Ph.D. Education in Language, Literacy & Culture (In Progress) University of California, Davis
  • M.A. Education in Language, Literacy & Culture University of California, Davis (2016)
  • B.A. English with minors in Education and Asian American Studies University of California, Davis (2012)


Her research interests includes understanding how culture and gender shape Hmong students’ educational experiences, promoting higher education within the Southeast Asian community and issues of social justice and equity.

Research Experience
  • Graduate Student Researcher with Dr. Kerry Enright in her Diverse Adolescent Literacy (DAL) Project (2013 – 2014)
  • Graduate Student Researcher with Dr. Baotran Vo in her project on Hmong Community’s Perspective on Breast-Feeding (2013 – 2014)
Presentations and Posters
  • Mouavangsou, K. (2016, April). “Nine Daughters ≠ One Son: Case Study of a Hmong Family’s Educational Expectations and Experiences.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. 
  • Mouavangsou, K. (2015, April). “Examining Gender Roles and Expectations to Understand the Educational Experiences of Hmong Male Students.” Presented at the Interdisciplinary Graduate & Professional Student Symposium, University of California, Davis, Davis, California
  • Vo, B., Xiong, J., Mouavangsou, K. (2014, May). “Hmong Community’s Perspectives Toward Breast-Feeding, a Focus Group Evaluation” Poster presented at the 47th Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference, San Antonio, Texas
  • Enright, K. A., Strohl, C. , Mouavangsou, K. and Priscila, M. (2014, March). “Talking Science in Linguistically Diverse Secondary Classrooms” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference, Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, OR

Teaching Experience

University of California, Davis

Associate Instructor

  • Education 122: Children’s Learning and the Material Culture (Summer Session II 2016)
  • American Studies 189A: Hmong American Experiences (Summer Session II 2015)

Teaching Assistant

  • Education 150: Cultural Diversity and Education in a Sociopolitical Context
  • Education 122: Children’s Learning and Material Culture 
  • Asian American Studies 1: Introduction to Asian History 
  • Religious Studies 10: Myths, Rituals and Symbol 
University of California Davis Extension Center
  • English Instructor, Japanese Agricultural Training Program (Summer 2014)
  • Instructor, Open Enrollment (Summer 2014)

Professional Activities

Student Leadership
  • Diversity Chair for the Education Graduate Student Association in the School of Education, University of California Davis –  Davis, CA (2014-2016)
  • Representative for the Language, Literacy and Culture area emphasis in the Education Graduate Student Association in the School of Education, University of California, Davis -  Davis, CA (2014-2016)

Fellowships, Awards, Honors, and Recognitions

  • 2017-2018 Professor of the Future Fellow, UC Davis – Davis, CA
  • 2016-2017 Mentoring at Critical Transitions (MCT) Wakeham Fellowship, UC Davis –Davis, CA
  • 2016-2017 Certificate of Recognition by the Education Opportunity Program (EOP) in their Inaugural Appreciation Celebration, “Building Our Community and Strengthening our Roots,” UC Davis – Davis, CA 
  • 2015 UCD Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, Graduate Studies, University of California, Davis - Davis, CA
  • 2015 Central California Asian Pacific Women (CCAPW) Graduate Studies Scholarship -  Fresno, California
  • 2014-2015 UCD & Humanities Graduate Research Award, University of California, Davis - Davis, CA

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