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Sothy  Eng

Name :

Sothy Eng

Title :

Assistant Professor

Unit :

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Address :

2515 Campus Road
                  Honolulu, HI 96822

Room :

Miller Hall 201E

Phone :

(808) 956-7212

Fax :

(808) 956-2241

E-mail :

Specialties :

Food systems, home gardening, social capital, family relationships

Professional Prep/Appointments :

Professor of Practice (August 2011-2018) Comparative and International Education  | Lehigh University
Post-Doctoral Fellow, (2010-11) California Center for Population Research  | UCLA 
Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies (December 2009)  | Texas Tech University
M.S., Human Development and Family Studies (December 2005)  | Texas Tech University  
B.S., Psychology (May 2002)  | Royal University of Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Projects :

Home Garden Network (Facebook Page: /eatyourownplants)
Hawaii's Food Systems 
Home Garden Network partnership project with Royal University of Phnom Penh's Dept of Social Work 
At-risk youth's life skills development, a five-year funded project by National Institute of Food and Agriculture's CYFAR (Role: Evaluator, PI: Nancy Ooki)

Previous Project at Lehigh University 
International Education Development: Caring for Cambodia-Lehigh University Partnership (Facebook Page: /CFCLU)

Courses Taught:

HDFS340: Intimacy, Marriages, and Families
HDFS352: Community Needs and Resources 

Graduate Courses at Lehigh University (2011-2018)
Globalization and Curriculum Implication, CIE403, Graduate Level (Hybrid Class)
Statistical analysis using STATA, CIE491, Graduate Level (Hybrid Class)-- Course Blog 
Program Development and Evaluation, CIE 402, Graduate Level (Hybrid Class) 
Issues and Institutions in International Educational Development, CIE 404, Graduate Level (Hybrid Class) 
Research Methods, Educ491/Educ403, Graduate Level (Hybrid Class)
Diversity and Multicultural Perspectives, CPSY471, EDUC471, Graduate Level (Hybrid Class)

Professional Interests :

Dr. Sothy Eng is Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Eng received his BS in Psychology from Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), MS and PhD in HDFS from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, with Dr. Miriam Mulsow as dissertation chair. He spent one year as a Postdoctoral fellow at UCLA's California Center for Population Research in 2010 with Dr. Patrick Heuveline, before he started his faculty position at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA in the Comparative and International Education program between 2011-2018 where he led the Caring for Cambodia-Lehigh University partnership--a program that offered graduate students the opportunity to gain research-to-practice experience in educational research, evaluation, and program development (Facebook Page). Dr. Eng's research interest includes sustainable food systems; the role of social networks in promoting healthy families and resilient communities; program development and evaluation; as well as gender, family, and education issues pertaining to the Cambodian context. Dr. Eng founded Home Garden Network program (Facebook Page) with the goal of obtaining food security, increasing family interactions, and expanding social networks in local communities through engaging families in gardening and plant education. His previous professional services included serving as Fulbright National Screening Committee for Southeast Asia section between 2013-2015 at the Institute of International Education in NYC, national consultant for UNESCO Bangkok on gender gap and STEM education in Cambodia, consultant for Asia Foundation on ending violence against women program (2014),  as well as consultant for Research Directorate's Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada on domestic violence. Dr. Eng also serves in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.  

Publications :

Media Articles on HuffPost | The Cambodia Daily 
Media Articles Based on Research (Remarriage & Domestic Violence | STEM & Gender Gap
Google Scholar Profile

(* indicates graduate student; ** undergraduate student at the time the article was written)
Eng, S., Grace, K.*, & Szmodis, W.* (2020). Parenting Practices and Child Mortality in Remarried/Repartnered Families in
Cambodia. Journal of Family Issues, 41(7), 1010-1031. 
Eng, S., Szmodis, W.*, & Grace, K.* (2020). Cambodian remarried women are at risk for domestic violence. Journal of
Interpersonal Violence. 
35(3-4), 828-853. 
Eng, S., Donoghue, C.*, Khun, T., & Szmodis, W.* (2020). Critical consciousness of food systems as a potential
lifestyle intervention on health issues. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 14(3), 258-263. 
Eng, S., Khun, T.**, Jower, S.**, & Murro, JM** (2019). Healthy lifestyle through home gardening: The art of sharing.
American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 13(4), 347-350. 
Grace, K.*, & Eng, S. (2020). A capabilities approach to female graduates’ post-secondary academic and career-
related goal pursuit in Siem Reap Cambodia. Educational Research for Policy and Practice, 1-19. 
Grace, K.*, Seng, T., & Eng, S. (2019). The Socialization of Gender-Based Aggression: A Case Study in Cambodian
Primary Schools. Sex Roles, 1-16. 
Grace, K.* & Eng, S. (2019). Gender socialization among Cambodian parents and teachers of preschool children:
Transformation or reproduction? International Journal of Early Childhood, 51(1), 93-107. 
Waluyo, B.*, Eng, S., & Wiseman, A. (2019). Examining a model of scholarship for social justice. Comparative and
International Education, 14
(2), 272-293.
Eng, S., Muslow, M., Ritchey, E., & Zvonkovic, A. (2016). Redefining the roles of parents and social structure in
the educational outcomes of Cambodian young adults. Journal of Adolescent Research, 32(6), 742-767. 
Eng, S., Szmodis, W.*, & Mulsow, M. (2014). Cambodian parental involvement: The role of parental beliefs,
social networks, and trust. The Elementary School Journal, 114(4), 573-594.
Eng, S. (2013). Cambodian early adolescents’ academic achievement: The role of social capital. Journal of
Early Adolescence, 33
(3), 378-403. 
Eng, S., Li, Y., Mulsow, M., & Fisher, J. (2010). Domestic violence against women in Cambodia:
Husband control, frequency of spousal discussion, and domestic violence reported by Cambodian women.
Journal of Family Violence, 25, 237-246. 
Eng, S., Mulsow, M., Cleveland, H. H., & Hart, S. (2009). Academic achievement among adolescents in
Cambodia: Does maternal trauma matter? Journal of Community Psychology, 37, 754-768. 
Eng, S., Kanitkar, K. Cleveland, H. H., & Herbert, R., Fischer, J., & Wiersma, J. (2008). School
achievement differences among Chinese and Filipino American students: Acculturation and family factors.
Educational Psychology, 28, 535-550.

BOOK CHAPTERS (* indicates graduate student at the time the article was written)
Grace, K.*, & Eng, S. (2019). Knowledge Hierarchies and Interviewing Methods in Cambodia: Strategies for
Collaborative Interpretation. In Interrogating and Innovating Comparative and International Education Research (pp.
148-165). Brill Sense.  
Szmodis, W.*, Eng, S., & Cooper, C. (2018). Cambodian students’ motivation for learning: The role of teachers and
parenting practices. In Asian Education Miracles (pp. 10-28). Routledge. 
Eng, S.
& Szmodis, W*. (2015). STEM learning achievement among Cambodian middle school students : An
examination of gender and psychosocial factors. Annual Review of Comparative and International Education,
, 279-305. 
Szmodis, W.* & Eng, S. (2015). Cambodia. In Colditz, G. A. & Golson, J. G. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Cancer and
2nd Edition, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Eng, S. (2014). Cambodia[n families]. In Constance L.S. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Family Studies, Hoboken, New
Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.   
Szmodis, W.* & Eng, S. (2013). Tolerance (compared with understanding and empathy). In Cortes C.E. & Golson,
J.G. (Eds.), Multicultural America, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 
Eng, S. (2013b). Intermarriage demographic trends. In Cortes C.E. & Golson, J.G. (Eds.), Multicultural America,
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 
Eng, S. (2013a). Cambodia. In Emery R.E. & Golson J.G.  (Eds.), Cultural Sociology of Divorce: An Encyclopedia,
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 
Eng, S. (2012). Genocide: Cambodia's mass casualty trauma. In Figley C.R. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Trauma.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Eng, S. (2011). Cambodia. In Barnett, G.A. & Golson, J.G. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Networks. Thousand Oaks,
CA: Sage Publications. 

Languages :

English, Khmer