Robert T. Teranishi
Associate Professor of Higher Education
Phone: (212) 998-5522
Robert Teranishi is Associate Professor of Higher Education at New York University, co-director for the Institute for Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings, and a faculty affiliate with The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy. Teranishi's research is broadly focused on race, ethnicity, and the stratification of college opportunity. He has provided congressional testimony regarding the Higher Education Reauthorization Act and No Child Left Behind, informed state policy decisions related to selective college admissions, and his research has been solicited to inform U.S. Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action and school desegregation.
Teranishi was recently appointed by Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan to the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission, and was named one of the nation's top "up-and-coming" leaders by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Teranishi is also the recipient of the Daniel E. Griffiths Research Award and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award from NYU. His work has been supported by the Ford Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Walmart Foundation, WT Grant, USA Funds, ETS, and the College Board.
Prior to his position at New York University, Teranishi was a National Institute for Mental Health postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute. He received his B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz in Sociology and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California Los Angeles in Higher Education and Organizational Change.
- Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Higher Education and Organizational Change
- M.A. University of California, Los Angeles, Education
- B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz, Sociology
Grants and Awards
- 2012: Daniel E. Griffiths Research Award
- 2011: Appointed by Secretary of Education to the Equity and Excellence Commission
- 2010: Top “Up-and-Coming” Leader, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
- 2010: NYU Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award
- 2006: NYU Departmental Research Award
- 2005: NYU Departmental Publication Award
- 2005: NYU Faculty Star Award Honorable Mention
- 2004: NYU Departmental Research and Scholarship Award
- 2002: NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow
- 2001: Spencer Foundation Research Training Grant
- Higher education and social mobility
- Race, ethnicity, and the stratification of college opportunities
- College access and completion
- Teranishi, R. T., & Nguyen, T, K. (2012). Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the changing demography of the United States: Implications for education policy. Harvard Kennedy School Asian American Policy Review, 22.
- Teranishi, R. T. (2012). Asian American and Pacific Islander students and the institutions that serve them. Change Magazine.
- Allen, W. R., Teranishi, R. T., & Bonous-Hammarth, M. (2012). As the World Turns: Implications of Global Shifts in Higher Education for Theory, Research and Practice. U.K.: Emerald Group Publishing.
- Teranishi, R. T., Suárez-Orozco, C., & Suárez-Orozco, M. (2011). Immigrants in community college: Toward greater knowledge and awareness. The Future of Children, 21(1).
- Teranishi, R. T. (2011). Asian American and Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions: Areas of growth, innovation, and collaboration. AAPI Nexus Journal, 9(1/2).
- Suárez-Orozco, C., Yoshikawa, H., Teranishi, R., & Suárez-Orozco, M. (2011). Growing up in the shadows: The developmental implications of unauthorized status. Harvard Education Review, 81(3).
- Teranishi, R. T. (2010). Asians in the Ivory Tower: Dilemmas of Racial Inequality in American Higher Education New York: Teachers College Press.
- Teranishi, R. T., & Parker, T. L. (2010). Social reproduction of inequality: Racial segregation, secondary schools, and postsecondary opportunities. Teachers College Record, 112(5).
- Teranishi, R. T. (2010). Demography, community, and the education of Asian American and Pacific Islander students. In W. R. Allen (ed.), Sociology, Demography, and Social Change. Oxford: Elsevier Publishers.
- Teranishi, R. T., & Behringer, L. (2008). Higher education: Stratification and mobility. In T. L. Good (ed.), 21st Century Education. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
- Teranishi, R. T., & Briscoe, K. (2008). Contextualizing race: African American college choice in an evolving affirmative action era. The Journal of Negro Education, 77(1).
- Park, J., & Teranishi, R. T. (2008). Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions: Historical perspectives and future prospects. In M. Gasman, B. Baez, & C. S. Turner (eds.), Interdisciplinary Approaches to Understanding Minority Serving Institutions. Albany: SUNY Press.
- Teranishi, R. T. (2007). Race, ethnicity, and higher education policy: The use of critical quantitative research. In F. Stage (ed.), Using Quantitative Research to Answer Critical Questions. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
- Allen W. R., Bonous-Hammarth, M., & Teranishi, R. T. (2006). Higher Education in a Global Society: Achieving Diversity, Equity, and Excellence. Oxford: Elsevier Publishers.
- Teranishi, R. T., & Briscoe, K. (2006). Social capital and the stratification of college opportunity. In S. Thomas (ed.), Theoretical Perspectives on College Students. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
- Teranishi, R. T. (2005). Black Residential Migration in California: Implications for Higher Education Policy. Oakland, CA: University of California Office of the President.
- Teranishi, R. T., Allen, W. R., & Solorzano, D. G. (2004). Opportunities at the crossroads: Racial inequality, school segregation, and higher education in California. Teachers College Record, 106(11).
- Teranishi, R. T. (2004). Yellow and Brown: Residential segregation and emerging Asian American immigrant populations. Equity and Excellence in Education, 37(3).
- Teranishi, R. T., Ceja, M., Antonio, A., Allen, W. R., & McDonough, P. (2004). The college-choice process for Asian Americans: Ethnicity and social class in context. The Review of Higher Education, 27(4).
- Teranishi, R. T., Allen, W. R., Solorzano, D. G., & Smith Maddox, R. (2004). Separate But Certainly Not Equal. Los Angeles, CA: Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies.
- "Class Matters" (with New York Times reporters Soma Golden-Behr, Janny Scott, and Tony DePalma), Office of African American, Latino, and Asian American Student Services (OASIS) and The New York Times, New York University. New York, NY. Fall, 2005.
- "Contextualizing Race: African American College Choice in an Evolving Affirmative Action Era" (with K. Briscoe), Boalt Hall School of Law Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity. Berkeley, CA. Fall, 2006.
- "Examining the Intended and Unintended Consequences of Brown," Still Not Equal: Expanding Opportunity in Global Societies, Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute of the United Negro College Fund. Washington, D.C. Fall, 2004.
- "Southeast Asian Ethnic Enclaves: A Study of Social Capital Formation and Postsecondary Aspirations" (with Shaila Mulholland), Harvard Civil Rights Project. Washington, DC. Fall, 2004.
- "African American Students and Access to Higher Education 50 Years after Brown" (with Edmund Gordon), Presentation at the Brown +50 Conference, Institute for Education and Social Policy, New York University. New York, NY. Spring, 2004.
- "Racial Segregation and Disparate Opportunities for Higher Education in California," UCLA 21st Century Project and the Rockefeller Foundation. Bellagio, Italy. Winter, 2003.
- "Campus Racial Climate and the Educational Success for Students of Color in the American University," Annual Meeting of the World Congress of Sociologists. Brisbane, Australia. Summer, 2002.
- "Social Capital and the Stratification of College Opportunity: A Comparative Model," UCLA 21st Century Project and the Rockefeller Foundation. Kunming, China. Fall, 2004.
- Higher Education and Contemporary Society
- Diversity in Higher Education
- Research Methods and Techniques in Higher Education
- Doctoral Seminar in Higher Education
- Journal of College Student Development, Editorial Board Member
- Journal of Negro Education, Editorial Board Member
- Journal of Equity and Excellence in Education, Reviewer
- Journal of Higher Education, Reviewer
- Review of Higher Education, Reviewer
- Research in Higher Education, Reviewer
- American Journal of Sociology, Reviewer
- Journal of Education Policy, Reviewer