Mytoan Nguyen-Akbar recently joined the Office of Arts & Culture as a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and Impact and Assessment Manager. She has most recently developed curriculum for the Seattle Community Colleges, taught sociology courses on race, immigration, inequality, and belonging at Seattle University and the University of Puget Sound, and published in scholarly journals including Sociological Perspectives, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and the Journal of Vietnam Studies. Mytoan earned her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was a Fulbright Scholar in Australia, and a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at UC Berkeley. In Seattle, Mytoan has been a volunteer with the Rainier Valley Corps and the Vietnamese Friendship Association. She and her spouse Arash have a 5-month infant and a 5-year old. A fun fact about the Akbars: they celebrate three New Years holidays at different times of the year.