No one earns a PhD without writing a PhD thesis which counts
for 50% of US and Canadian PhDs and 100% of PhDs in UK.
Not every PhD graduates can publish peer reviewed academic
papers in academic journals and therefore the only output of a
doctoral candidate is a PhD thesis, that may be his life long work
or just a scholarly answer empirically or experimentally validated
to satisfy the scholarly quest about the research question he/she
has engaged in 4 to 8 years of doctoral candidacy. Since almost
all universities are trying to raise their profiles their profiles, every
PhD dissertation done at North American universities are listed
and full text are available via PMI ProQuest to which most unis
around the world subscribe to. So if you cannot find a PhD thesis
via PMI ProQuest, you can be almost sure, the candidate has not
completed PhD thesis and without completing thesis, she cannot be
styled as a "Dr". A PhD thesis is not a normal thesis. A thesis can
be a comprehensive essay with scholarly quotings and referencing,
but for a PhD thesis, there is a thesis committee and it goes along
with a scholar for years even after he earned a doctorate degree.
Therefore, since there are no PhD thesis as Mr. ZarNi claims in
his employer web site, for there are no degree earned under the
names "Maung Zarni", "Zarni", nor "Zar Ni" from UW Wisconsin
at Madison, it is almost certain that "Dr." prefix in "Dr. Zarni" is
self styled and he should call himself "Mr. Maung Zarni". However
since he has earned a Master degree. He can call himself Master
Mister Zarni but no sane person who has earned a Master degree
call himself as Master XYZ although technically they are allowed
to call themselves. See the evidence below:
From: Alexandra Walter <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 09 Nov 2011 13:32:57 -0600
Subject: Re: Fwd: [Askmem-l] XXXXXXX on Zarni or Maung Zarni
To: XXXXXXX < XXXXXXX xxx@xxxxx>
I'm not finding anyone by that name either, but I'm afraid that's not
much of a confirmation for you. Recently a PhD called me asking for
information, and it took several tries with different spellings before I
could find his name.
On 11/9/2011 2:15 AM, XXXXXXX wrote:
> Dear Dr Alexandra Walter,
> Thank you very much for your reply.
> I've found slight variation of his spelling from the thesis I've
> downloaded from the following link as suggested by UW Madison library.
> His name is spelled as "Zar Ni".
> Now, may I ask you a favour to confirm whether any one named "Zar Ni"
> has earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where
> he supposedly wrote his thesis titled 'Knowledge, Control and Power:
> The Politics of Education in Burma under Military Rule' (1962-88)' as
> cited in his job page link below?
> Thank you very much.
> Yours sincerely,
> On Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 4:20 AM, Alexandra Walter
> <firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>> wrote:
> Dear XXXXXXX ,
> We do not find anyone by that name in our records, but there could
> have been a name change or a slightly different spelling. Please
> ask the person to provide an official transcript with the degree
> posted on it.
> Alexandra Walter, PhD
> Degree Coordinator
> Graduate School
> 217 Bascom Hall
> 500 Lincoln Drive
> Madison, WI 53706-1380
> 608-262-3011 <tel:608-262-3011>
> firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
> FAX608-2626742 <tel:608-2626742>
> On 11/4/2011 8:30 PM, XXXXXXX wrote:
>> Dear Sir/Madam,
>> Could you please confirm to me that any one named Zarni or Maung Zarni
>> has earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where
>> he supposedly wrote his thesis titled 'Knowledge, Control and Power:
>> The Politics of Education in Burma under Military Rule' (1962-88)' as
>> cited in his job page link below?
>> Please see the reply from the UW Madison library that they cannot find
>> his thesis. I understand that copy of the unpublished thesis is completed
>> in 1998, as quoted in the reference section of a book chapter. It is referenced
>> as below.
>> Zarni 1998, Knowledge, control, and power: the politics of education under
>> Burma’s military dictatorship (1962–88), Unpublished thesis, University of
>> Wisconsin, Madison.
>> What I understand is that he completed his unpublished dissertation in 1998.
>> Since the UW Madison web site [http://library.wisc.edu/dissertations/#locate-uw]
>> stated as follows:
>> 'Full-text PDF files of UW-Madison doctoral dissertations completed
>> 1997 or later are available through ProQuest Digital Dissertations.'
>> So that rose suspicions in me that he did not graduate with PhD as he
>> claims in his web site.
>> Thank you very much,
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: *Steven Baumgart* <firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Date: Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 10:47 PM
>> Subject: Re: [Askmem-l] XXXXXXX
>> To: XXXXXXX xxxx@xxxxxxx
>> Cc: email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Hi XXXXXXX ,
>> I am not able to find a copy of that dissertation in any of the
>> library systems. I did find a copy at:
>> I do not have access to graduation records so cannot confirm or
>> deny his PhD for UW-Madison. You will likely need to contact the
>> graduate school directly about his degree status:
>> I hope this is helpful. If you have further questions, let me know.
>> Steven Baumgart
>> Instruction Coordinator
>> Memorial Library Room 276
>> University of Wisconsin-Madison
>> 728 State Street, Madison WI 53706
>> Email: email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Phone: (608)262-3647 <tel:%28608%29262-3647>
>> On 11/03/2011 09:42 PM, XXXXXXX xxx@xxxxx wrote:
>> Campus Wide Email Reference Form
>> Reference Question from: XXXXXXX
>> Email:mailto: XXXXXXX xxx@ XXXXXXX
>> Patron Type: non-affiliated - A general reader about Burmese
>> (Myanmar) political affairs
>> Patron Location: Rangoon (Yangon), Burma (Myanmar)
>> Question: Could you please confirm to me that any one named
>> Zarni or Maung Zarni has earned his PhD from the University
>> of Wisconsin at Madison where he supposedly wrote his thesis
>> titled 'Knowledge, Control and Power: The Politics of
>> Education in Burma under Military Rule' (1962-88)' as cited
>> in his job page link below?
>> If so, how can I download a soft-copy of his thesis? Many Thanks
>> Nature of Project:
>> Sources Checked:
Alexandra Walter, PhD
217 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1380