I’m an assistant professor of education at the University of Maryland, College Park (Dept of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education) and am also affiliate faculty in Asian American Studies. I study race, class, and religion in higher education, examining inequality in educational opportunity and the campus climate for diversity.
Current projects include studies on the relationship between racial and socioeconomic diversity, how race and religion affect educational opportunity, and how students prepare for the SAT. I’m also dedicated to documenting the diverse experiences of Asian American college students. This blog contains random reactions to things I’m reading / ideas-in-progress; I also blog occasionally at Huffington Post.
My book When Diversity Drops: Race, Religion, and Affirmative Action in Higher Education (Rutgers University Press) chronicles how a religious community of students was affected by the drop in Black student enrollment following Proposition 209, California’s ban on affirmative action. The book reflects my passion for helping students understand how structural inequality influences relationships, organizations, and institutions: how individual agency and preferences are limited and shaped by racial inequality in the university setting.
Julie J. Park is assistant professor of education at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research addresses race, diversity, and equity in higher education, including the diverse experiences of Asian American college students. She is the author of When Diversity Drops: Race, Religion, and Affirmative Action in Higher Education (Rutgers University Press, 2013), an examination of how universities and everyday student life are affected by affirmative action bans. Her writing has been featured in venues such as the Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Huffington Post. She is the recipient of the Early Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award from the Association for Institutional Research, and the Emerging Scholars Award from the American College Personnel Association. Dr. Park sits on the editorial review board of the Journal of Higher Education, and is also a research advisory board member for the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education and the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey. She received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.