Dr. Mai P. Trinh joined Arizona State University as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts in August 2016. She is a member of the leadership team in the Center for Policy Informatics, a faculty fellow in the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, a faculty affiliate in the Center for Behavior, Institutions, and the Environment, and a member of the Early Career Scholars of Teaching and Learning initiative at ASU.
Born and raised in Vietnam, Trinh sees the world through a Yin-Yang lens: dialectic, holistic, and dynamic. This ontology has led to her research interests at the intersection of complex dynamic systems, experiential learning, and cross-cultural research, as well as her passion for whole person development in her practice and teaching.
Trinh studies alternative ways to imagine leadership that focus on individual learning and development. She emphasizes the importance of situational adaptation, reframe of expertise, diversity, and cross-cultural perspectives in leadership development. Her research shows how both individual and collective outcomes can be improved by helping individuals realize their full potentials and by training future leaders to be curious about problems surrounding their organizations, driven to solve these problems, and empowered to take actions. Trinh uses agent-based modeling coupled with surveys and interviews to inform her research questions.
Trinh earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University in 2016.
2016 Ph.D., Organizational Behavior
Weatherhead School of Management
Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
2009 B.A., Management & Chinese Studies
Wittenberg University (Springfield, OH)
Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa
Dr. Trinh's current research projects seek to answer three research questions:
Dr. Trinh uses agent-based modeling, interviews, and quantitative research methods such as survey and experiential sampling method to inform her research questions.
Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations
Chaired Symposia, Professional Development Workshops, and Caucus
Academy of Management (AOM); Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup); Experiential Learning Community of Practice (ELCOP)