Biography of John F. Hartmann
Distinguished Presidential Teaching Professor
Board of Trustees Professor
Northern Illinois University
University of Michigan, Ph.D., Linguistics, 1976 University of Michigan,
M.A., Linguistics, 1970 University of Michigan,
B.A., English Language & Literature, 1964
Dissertation Topic: 1985 Linguistic and Memory Structures of Tai-Lue Oral Narratives. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics B-90. Australian National University. ix + 230 pp.
Professor of Thai Languages and Literatures. Northern Illinois University beginning in 1974.
Major Research Awards:
• Henry R. Luce Foundation. 3 yrs: January, 1999—Dec. 2002. Project title: The Origins and Spread of Tai Irrigated Rice Technology and Culture in Southern China.
• National Science Foundation. PI with Wei Luo and Fahui Wang. Title of Project: AOC: A Regional Approach to Spatial Analysis of Tai Toponyms in Southern China and Southeast Asia Using GIS. Grant Period: 24 months starting January, 2007.
• USDoEd Title VI: Series of 4-year awards to the NIU Center for Southeast Asian Studies for the development of SEAsite Thai, Lao and Tai Minority Languages.
• URAP (Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program), NIU College of Liberal Arts and Science for six academic-year-long projects.
• Royal Thai Government grant for development of E.I. Thai language program. 2013.
• U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Nakhorn Sawan Teacher Training College, Nakhorn Sawan, Thailand, 1964.
• Co-Founder, Center for Lao Studies, San Francisco, California. 2006. Certificate of Honor for “dedication and commitment in promoting and advancing the field of Lao Studies” presented by Office of the Mayor, City of San Francisco, September 12, 2009.
• Lao Oral History Project: Elgin-Rockford, Illinois Lao community and Elgin City Library. 2012-present.