harvard personal rating

In press at Harvard Asian American Policy Review

Harvard’s Personal Rating: The Impact of Private High School Attendance

Julie J. Park and Sooji Kim

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:

Not featured, my random debut on Israeli television, or adventures in getting bumped from CNN! Never a dull moment…

book release

The book is sold out on Amazon (delivers in 2 weeks) but available at via the Harvard Education Press site (20% off with code RCDM18).

Jerome Karabel, whose work is usually (mis)cited to make that analogy that Asians are the “new Jews,” disputing that very idea.


Also, on censorship and what’s at stake re: Harvard: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/10/opinion/harvard-affirmative-action-lawsuit.html 

op-ed on asian americans and harvard




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 matter of Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard, Civ. Act. No. 1:14-14176.  The views and opinions expressed here on this website and in my writing are my own and do not reflect Harvard’s views or information learned from Harvard about the case.

Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

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. Amazing folks.

“In Race on Campus, Julie Park does just what the title promises—investigates with empirical rigor persistent questions surrounding diversity in college admissions and campus life and makes research-based recommendations for public policy and institutional practice. Authoritative in content yet accessible in tone, it should be mandatory reading for every college administrator!”

— Beverly Daniel Tatum, author, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race, and president emerita, Spelman College

“Park cuts through the many false narratives around affirmative action, presenting accessible, evidence-based arguments for why race still matters in higher education. A must-read for anyone interested in better understanding how race does, and more importantly does not, play out before and after students arrive to selective college campuses.”

— Lorelle Espinosa, assistant vice president, American Council on Education

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. It’s written in a conversational, non-jargony (I hope) tone, and I have been told that it’s “surprisingly readable.” (What an endorsement!)

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Black Students and the Cafeteria—What’s the Big Fuss?
Chapter 2: Who’s Really Self-Segregating? Sororities, Fraternities, and Religious Groups
Chapter 3: Is Class-Based Affirmative Action the Answer?
Chapter 4: Why Affirmative Action Is Good for Asian Americans
Chapter 5: Why the SAT and SAT Prep Fall Short
Chapter 6: The Problem of the “Problem of Mismatch”
Chapter 7: How Then Should We Think? A Conclusion


Back in 2007 as a grad student, I heard a blip on NPR about a new musical called In the Heights. I had a trip coming up to New York, so I got tickets and my brother and I got to see it off-Broadway, starring a then (mostly) unknown guy named Lin-Manuel Miranda.

These are so great: http://www.npr.org/2016/06/20/481106966/hamilton-a-story-of-us

low-income asian american men

While there has been much attention to the “bamboo ceiling,” I’m not sure what a comparable term would be to describe inequities for Asian Americans with lower levels of education. Important work by ChangHwan Kim and Arthur Sakamoto:


“The results indicate that Asian American men who drop out of high school earn substantially less than comparable whites at the low end of the earnings distribution.”