Meet Our Faculty Members

Michael Dunford

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

In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Parami Institute, Michael Dunford also works as a blog editor at CIGAR Research program on Water, Land and Ecosystems—a ten-year Consortium Research Program (CRP) that brings together researchers and academics to solve issues related to agriculture, natural resource management and poverty alleviation. In the past, he has also taught socio-cultural anthropology to undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mr. Dunford teaches Social Science 1.

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. 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 or various media projects in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Mr. Tolstoy teaches Humanities.

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

B.Sc. (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 in Colombiers.

Mr. Autexier co-teaches Scientific Inquiry at PLP.

Alina Sidorova

B.A. Political Science, Yale University

As a 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. Before coming to Parami Institute, Alina worked for an enterprise search company in San Francisco.

Ms. Sidorova co-teaches Scientific Inquiry at PLP.