Mike Hoa Nguyen, PhD is assistant professor of education in the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. His research and teaching critically examine the benefits and consequences of racialized public policy instruments in expanding and/or constraining educational systems, specifically focusing on how these dynamics shape access, learning, opportunity, and success within and beyond schools for students of color.
Dr. Nguyen aims to better articulate how race-conscious federal policy can reach its potential and fulfill its promise to address pervasive educational inequalities for underserved and underrepresented populations and regions within the United States. His work is supported by organizations such as The Kresge Foundation and APIA Scholars and has been published in several outlets including Educational Researcher, the Journal of Higher Education, and the Review of Higher Education.
In addition to his academic work, Dr. Nguyen has extensive professional experience in the federal government, having served as a senior staff member in the United States Congress. In his nearly seven years on staff, Dr. Nguyen managed a wide-ranging portfolio and was responsible for multiple complex and long-term intergovernmental projects and initiatives focusing on postsecondary education and the judiciary. Before federal service, Dr. Nguyen was a program associate at De Anza College, where he mentored students, developed a new curriculum and lectured.
Dr. Nguyen is deeply committed to applying his research to inform and advance public policy and institutional practice. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) and continues to volunteer and provide research consulting for education and civil rights organizations. Most recently, he was one of the lead authors of an amicus curiae brief on behalf of 678 social scientists in SFFA v. Harvard, which was cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in their opinion to uphold affirmative action.
Prior to NYU, he was an assistant professor at the University of Denver and was appointed by the Governor of Colorado to the History, Culture, Social Contributions, and Civil Government in Education Commission and by the Mayor of Denver to the Denver Asian American and Pacific Islander Commission. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and his graduate education at the University of California, Los Angeles.