Ivan Small first became interested in Vietnam during a family trip in 1993. Fascinated with the social and cultural transformations that have accompanied the rapid pace of capitalist transformation, Ivan has continued to be professionally and academically involved with Vietnam over a twenty-year period. After completing a Masters degree at Columbia University in 2001 in international economic development, Ivan worked in New York City for the Ford Foundation and World Policy Institute. Ivan will receive his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and Southeast Asian studies in May 2012 from Cornell University. As a Fulbright-Hays fellow and visiting research scholar at Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City from 2007 to 2008, Ivan conducted extensive research on the social dynamics of migration and remittance economies. Ivan has also been a trip leader, academic coordinator, and instructor for various study programs in Vietnam, China, and India, including Where There Be Dragons, School for International Training, Council for International Educational Exchange, and the New School. Ivan will be a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Irvine starting in September 2012.