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Mike Hoa Nguyen

Mike Hoa Nguyen

Assistant Professor of Education

Administration, Leadership, and Technology

Dr. Mike Hoa Nguyen is assistant professor of education at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and faculty affiliate at the Institute for Human Development and Social Change and the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. His research and teaching critically examines the benefits and consequences of racialized public policy instruments in expanding and/or constraining educational systems, with a specific focus 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.  He is the principal investigator of the Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI) Data Project, a research and resource initiative with the mission to advance greater understanding of MSIs and their unique contributions to postsecondary education.  His work has been supported by organizations such as The Kresge Foundation and 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 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, 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 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 amicus curiae briefs on behalf of social scientists in SFFA v. Harvard, which was discussed during oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court and 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.    

Education

BA, American Studies with a Minor in Asian American Studies
University of California, Berkeley

MA, Education
University of California, Los Angeles

PhD, Education with a Graduate Concentration/Certificate in Asian American Studies
University of California, Los Angeles

Selected Publications

Programs

Higher and Postsecondary Education

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Courses

Dissertation Proposal Seminar in Higher Education II

This workshop serves two purposes: 1) to identify the methods used to collect data and information for students' culminating projects, and 2) to develop procedures for analyzing and writing up results for both qualitative and quantitative data. Students will receive feedback from the instructor, their faculty advisors, and members of their cohort and to assist in completing the analysis and writeup of their culminating project for completion of the Ed.D. degree.
Course #
HPSE-GE 3016
Credits
3
Department
Administration, Leadership, and Technology

Minority-Serving Education

Minority-serving institutions (i.e., historically Black colleges and universities, Tribal colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and Asian-serving institutions) all play a significant, but under-examined role in American higher education. This course covers the development and evolution of these institutions in the context of American higher education both historically and more contemporarily. This course will emphasize the characteristics of MSIs based on their political and racialized origins, student populations, funding schemes, governance and leadership.
Course #
HPSE-GE 2099
Credits
3
Department
Administration, Leadership, and Technology