We have a new project on test-optional policies and understanding non-standardized components (e.g., letters of rec, extracurriculars) of college applications, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Learn more at http://www.cafcolab.org

harvard personal rating

Out in Harvard Asian American Policy Review Harvard’s Personal Rating: The Impact of Private High School Attendance “[Only] 56% of White students whose first-choice college was Harvard or a similarly hyper-selective institution (i.e., “most competitive” institution defined by Barron’s) attended public high schools. In contrast, a much higher proportion of Asian students with similar aspirations… Continue reading harvard personal rating

publishers weekly

Kind words on the book from PW: “Professor of education Park corrects common misconceptions in this concise, clear, and well-argued examination of research on race in education…This cohesive, superbly argued text will reward readers interested in critical race theory or equity in education.”


InsideHigherEd featured a Q&A on the book today. I’ll be talking more about the book at a virtual colloquium on Tuesday, Nov 6, 1-2 PM EST hosted by UMD’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Ed, info and sign-up here Some other recent media: http://time.com/5425147/harvard-affirmative-action-trial-asian-american-students/ https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-10-12/trial-alleging-racial-discrimination-weighs-asian-american-college-applicants https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/10/elite-college-admissions-broken/572962/ https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/today-explained/id1346207297?mt=2 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/audio/2018-10-23/court-stops-wilbur-ross-deposition-over-2020-census-podcast Not featured, my random debut on Israeli television,… Continue reading media

book release

The book is sold out on Amazon (delivers in 2 weeks) [update–in stock now!], available at via the Harvard Education Press site (20% off with code RCDM18, may or may not work). Jerome Karabel, whose work is usually (mis)cited to make that analogy that Asians are the “new Jews,” disputing that very idea. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-harvard-affirmative-action-lawsuit_us_5bbe62b8e4b0c8fa1367c1c1 Also,… Continue reading book release


As you may have noticed, some of my writing is on Asian Americans and affirmative action. I just added the following disclosure to my bio page but I figured I’d put it here too: I served as a consulting expert for The President and Fellows of Harvard College (Harvard Corporation) (“Harvard”) in connection with the… Continue reading disclosure

endorsements for “race on campus: debunking myths with data”

Two incredible endorsements for Race on Campus: Debunking Myths with Data. My very kind publisher didn’t tell me these were out, so I just about fell off my chair when I saw them on the website. Yes, that’s THE Beverly Daniel Tatum, such an inspiration to me (and this book!). Lorelle Espinosa is incredible too.… Continue reading endorsements for “race on campus: debunking myths with data”

new book out, october 2018

News: I have a new book coming out in October with Harvard Education Press, Race on Campus: Debunking Myths with Data. I use research to debunk popular myths around how race works in higher education, and I also reference research on cognitive biases to help readers understand why these myths are so pervasive and entrenched.… Continue reading new book out, october 2018