Dean Wilson, PhD

Oscar and Dean

Dean Wilson, Ph.D.

302A West 12th Street #243
NY, NY 10014


University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Faculty of Literature
336 Nguyen Trai Street
Fourth floor, Building I,
Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi VN

Consultant to the Film Studies Program

  • Designed the full-time, graduate-level program and curriculum; wrote the grant proposal obtaining Ford Foundation support for six years, starting in 2005, a total of 1.4 million USD.
  • Recruited and trained established directors and writers in Hanoi to teach film and media courses in the Vietnamese language; organized and implemented administrative operations, office staff, enrollment, program library and infrastructure.
  • Generated guidance texts, schedules, procedures, professional networks, career development, and study abroad programs; creative production and script consultation, translation management.
  • Coordinated the residencies of film and media professionals: e.g. David James (USC School of Cinematic Arts), Park Kwangsu (Korea National University of the Arts, Pusan Film Commission), Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Kick the Machine, Bangkok), Chris Berry (Goldsmiths College, London), Ed Guerrero (Tisch NYU), Couper Samuelson (2929 Entertainment), Vy Vincent Ngo (WGA), Ken LaZebnik (Sundance Institute), Judith Vecchione (WGBH Boston), as well as respected Vietnamese writers, producers and directors.
  • Taught Film Styles/Genres/Theories/Histories, Production Models, Screenwriting, Methods of Research, and other specialized courses.


Contemporary World Cinema, Postcolonial Film, Film Historiography, American Independent Film, The Essay Film, Experimental Film and Media, Francophone Film, New Media Narratives and Aesthetics, Media Convergence and Archives, Media Reception and Censorship, Surveillance States, French and Francophone Literature, Contemporary American Literature, Contemporary Indigenous Art, Contemporary Ethnography.


City University of New York

Ph.D. in French, February 2007

Dissertation: Colonial Viet Nam on Film: 1896 to 1926

Dissertation Advisor: Professor Royal S. Brown, Ph.D.

Master of Philosophy in French, February 2001

Fields of qualifying examinations: Mallarmé, Antillean Fiction, French New Wave

University of Delaware

Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in English Literature and Film, 1992

Honors Thesis: Apperceptive Cinema: Renoir, Frank, Beckett

Honors Film: Planets (30 minutes)

Musician’s Institute, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Applied Music, 1981


University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi VN, 2005 – present

Faculty of Literature, Lecturer: Introduction to film style, Introduction to world cinema history, Literary adaptation for the screen, Introduction to production models, Introduction to screenwriting, Introduction to film festivals, Introduction to film theory and criticism, Introduction to Experimental film, Types of documentary, Reflexivity in film, Methods of research.

International Business Education Institute, New York, 1995 – 2004

Instructor: American culture, English language, French culture, French language, Writing and composition, Public speaking, Critical thinking and media analysis for exclusively Japanese professionals in New York; enrollment and curriculum development.

Bronx Community College, New York, 2000 – 2003

Writing Fellow and Lecturer: Undergraduate Introduction to Art History, Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Music Appreciation, Introduction to American Studies, Introduction to Mass Communication Theories.

Cambridge English School, Fort de France, Martinique, 1992 – 1993

Instructor: English as a second language.


Pusan International Film Festival and Asian Film Market, October 2007

Funded by the International Institute of Education (IIE), consulted the Ford Foundation Program Officer for Media Arts and Culture; in a series of meetings with new media professionals from multiple Asian countries, we configured a script-based mentoring program.

Ho Chi Minh City Television, September 2006

Research into the television industry of Vietnam starting in Ho Chi Minh City, focusing on the transition from state control to hybrid cable services, co-production models with equity financing and talent contributions from foreign partners; career development for graduates of the Film Studies Program.

International Institute of Education, March 2005

Institutional and practical research to create a new film department at Vietnam National University, Hanoi; the research included extensive interviews and took into account the national film history, the conditions of the film industry, university and government policy, student aptitude, career placement, methodologies, translation, teacher training, budgeting and technical considerations.

Vietnam Film Institute, 2003 – 2004

Doctoral dissertation research on the film history of Viet Nam (from 1896 onward) in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City; this research is ongoing. Other sites where I conducted dissertation research since 2003 include:

Vietnam National Archives and Library, Hanoi

Vietnam Feature Film Studio, Hanoi

Liberation Feature Film Studio, Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam National Archive, Ho Chi Minh City

French Cultural Center, Hanoi

French Colonial Archives, Aix-en-province

French National Center for Cinematography archives, Bois d’Arcy

French National Library archives, Paris,

Gaumont Pathé archives, Paris

Albert Kahn Museum Archives of the Planet, Paris

Musée de l‘Homme, Paris,

National Archives of the United States Government, College Park MD

CUNY TV, New York: Video archive researcher, 1995.

Bravo Television, New York, Contemporary music researcher and on-air interviewer, Philip Glass film/opera La Belle et la Bete, 1995.

Arts and Entertainment Television, New York, Researcher and writer for the History Channel, 1994 – 1995.

Good Machine, New York, researched and negotiated territorial licensing agreements for film music; films of Ang Lee, Hal Hartley, Todd Haynes, Edward Burns, Kelly Reichardt, Greg Araki, and others; story analyst, 1993 – 1994.

National Endowment for the Humanities, administered through the Delaware State Arts Council, research for a documentary film on the abolition of slavery in the French Caribbean, Fort de France, Martinique, 1992.

University of Delaware, film and teleplay works of Samuel Beckett, MoMA New York 1991; Films of Robert Frank, University of Texas at Austin Film Archives, 1991; theories of apperception by Leibniz, Hume and Kant, 1990; Social constructs and collective psychology in the films of Jean Renoir, 1990; Sources for the dramatic works of Beckett, Ionesco, Camus, Sartre, Pinter, Duras, 1990.


State of New York Writing Fellowship 2001 -2003

CUNY Graduate Center Program Fellowship 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000

Paris/CUNY Exchange University of Paris III, 1996 – 1997

University of Delaware Caesura fiction writing award 1992

University of Delaware Research Assistant Fellowship 1990 – 1992

University of Delaware Teaching Assistantship 1990 – 1992

University of Delaware Dean’s Scholar Fellowship 1990 – 1992


“Film Controls in Colonial Vietnam, 1896 to 1926.” Published in December 2007 in the collection Vietnamese Cinema, a book commissioned by the French Embassy in Vietnam and the city of Lyon, France, under the direction of the Asiexpo Festival of Lyon.

“Anthropological questions for Vietnam in the new media environment of transnational co-production.” Conference paper presentation for “Modernities and Dynamics of Tradition in Vietnam: Anthropological Approaches, Binh Chau VN, December 2007. A conference supported by the Ford Foundation and the largest anthropological conference to date dedicated to Vietnam.

Ford Foundation Proposal for the creation and renewal of the Film Studies Program at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ford Foundation, Hanoi 2005 and 2008.
“Notes on Film Writing in Vietnam,” presentation at the conference “Developing a Framework for Film Studies at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi,” supported by the Ford Foundation, Hanoi, February, 2004.


Sundial Forum for Contemporary Indigenous Art

Society of Cinema and Media Studies

Modern Languages Association

Vietnam Studies Group

L’Alliance Francaise

Harry Fox Agency


Fluency in spoken and written French; competence in spoken Spanish and Vietnamese; textual translation competence into English from Spanish, Italian, German, Latin.


Writing, performing, recording original contemporary music; sound design; video installation; fiction writing, film and music journalism, film production.


Professor David E. James, USC School of Cinematic Arts
University Park, SCA 320 Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211, Tel: 213-740-2923

Professor Ed Guerrero, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
New York University, 721 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, Tel: 212-998-1609

Professor Jerry Carlson, City College and Graduate Center CUNY
365 5th Avenue, Suite 1400, New York, NY 10016, Tel: 212-817-7575

Further references available upon request.

~ by maximumeskimo on July 22, 2009.

10 Responses to “Dean Wilson, PhD”

  1. I am so happy to see your baby. What a cute boy! You have a very great experience, this post give me inspiration to learn and work, indeed. Thank you for posting your CV here. This help me a lot in making my own CV.

  2. Oh My Lord! I should know this one before asking you about editing my CV. However, thank you so much for this post

  3. sure thing … hope it helps you and me both to find permanent bliss …

  4. Thanks Dean very much for this post.

    P/s: Oscar’s so cute! :D

  5. sure thing ngoc … glad to have you back in action, keep up the good work ;-D

  6. Enjoyed reading backgrond information. Talkled with Zhang Zhen and Cris Berry meeting you in Vietnam. One of my photos appeared in Yingjin Zhang, CINEMA, SPACE POLYLOCALIR IN A GLOBALIZING CHINA (2010)


  7. hi norman, sorry i didn’t see this in the queue until now … congratulations on your photo

  8. Congratulations on your success, Dean! My name is Mike Madron–I used to play guitar for Eric Eden. Your time in Honour Society and as Illyah Kuryahkin is easily the most powerful musical influence of my life. Recently I recorded my own version of “ache in my body” at home for fun–Honour Society is alive and well in my household! Thanks for the memories and music, Dean. You’ve left a huge mark on my life. Every time I play my telecasters, I think of you.

  9. Hi Mike, thanks for your nice note. Here’s hoping all’s well with you and your family.

  10. […] Monday, April 25th, Jerry Carlson (second from right in the photo below) and Dean Wilson (Ph.D. French, CUNY; far left in the photo below) welcomed to New York representatives from the […]

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