Meet Our Faculty Members

Kyaw Moe Tun

Ph.D. Chemistry, Yale University

Dr. Kyaw Moe Tun is the founder and executive director of Parami Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Before Parami, he taught integrated science at the Pre-Collegiate Program of Yangon where he himself was a student before studying abroad in the United States. His doctoral research culminated in the industrial development of an Alzheimer’s therapeutic (–) huperzine A. He has been involved in a lot of humanitarian efforts after Cyclone Nargis, and co-founded a monastic education center and an orphanage in Kungyangone, Yangon.

Dr. Kyaw Moe Tun teaches Scientific Inquiry at PLP.

Carol Fujimura

Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Studies, University of California Santa Barbara

Dr. Carol Fujimura possesses a B.A. in Fine Arts from Parson’s School of Design/The New School of Social Research, NYC.  In addition, she received three M.A.s, one in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from the University of California Irvine, and a dual Masters from the Graduate Theological Union & Buddhist Institute, Berkeley, California. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California with an emphasis in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Department of Religious Studies. 

Dr. Fujimura teaches Social Sciences.

Michael Dunford

M.A. Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Michael Dunford taught socio-cultural anthropology to undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and previously worked in Vientiane, Laos. Currently, he publishes a blog on water, land, and environmental issues (as related to agriculture) with a network of researchers and academics.

Mr. Dunford teaches Political Science.

Andrey Tolstoy

Ph.D. Candidate Film and Media Studies and Comparative Literature, Yale University

Andrey Tolstoy is in the final year of his joint Ph.D. program at Yale University, where he has been teaching since 2013. He is currently writing a dissertation about the phenomenon of going “off-the-grid” in film, literature and philosophy. Since 2003, he has been working as a translator and editor for various media projects in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He has also produced short films for NGOs around the world.

Mr. Tolstoy teaches Global Cultures.

Joseph Decker

B.A. English, Carleton College

Following his passion in education, Joe Decker began working in Yangon before becoming the director of the newly established Chin Institute of Social Sciences in Falam, Chin State. For three years, he worked on developing a school centered around project-based learning, local issues and self-discovery.

Mr. Decker teaches writing at PLP.

Vincent Autexier

BSc (Hons) Applied Science, University of Central Lancashire

After obtaining his Physical Measurements License Degree at the University of Montpellier in 2012, Vincent Autexier studied applied physics at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. Before joining Parami Institute, he worked as an Industrial Applications and Development Engineer at EDF Energies Nouvelles.

Mr. Autexier is the Science Teaching Assistant of Science Inquiry at PLP.

Alina Sidorova

B.A. Political Science, Yale University

As a political science student at Yale, Alina conducted original field research on the experiences of migrants from the conflict zone in Eastern Ukraine. Her thesis on the subject won the Charles Washburn Clark Prize for the best senior essay on Comparative Politics. She has worked for EF Education First in Hong Kong and was a founding member of the New Haven chapter of the educational initiative CityStep. She has also worked as an English and Russian language tutor. Before coming to Parami Institute, Alina worked for an enterprise search company in San Francisco.