About

I study race, diversity, and inequality in higher education at the University of Maryland, College Park, where I’m an associate professor in the College of Education (Dept of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education, affiliate faculty Asian American Studies).

I have a new book with Harvard Education Press, Race on Campus: Debunking Myths with Data. I use research to challenge faulty assumptions about how race works in higher education, such as the (false) ideas that students of color pervasively self-segregate, that students of color are mismatched at elite institutions, and that Asian Americans are hurt by affirmative action. More here.

In full disclosure: 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.

My first 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.

This blog contains random reactions to things I’m reading / ideas-in-progress; I also blog occasionally at Huffington Post.

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Email: juliejinwonpark at gmail dot com

Note: There are two faculty studying Asian Americans named Julie Park at UMCP, believe it or not. Info for Julie Park based in Sociology can be found here.

(Formal bio):

Julie J. Park is associate 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 Race on Campus: Debunking Myths with Data (Forthcoming, Harvard Education Press) and When Diversity Drops: Race, Religion, and Affirmative Action in Higher Education (Rutgers University Press, 2013). 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. She received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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