The UCLA Asian American Studies Center recently announced the appointment of professor Robert Teranishi
as the inaugural holder of the Morgan and Helen Chu Endowed Chair in Asian American Studies
, effective this fall. He's also being appointed as professor of education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.
Professor Teranishi’s research examines the causes and consequences of the stratification of college opportunities, with a particular interest on the impact of higher education practice and policy on the mobility of the most marginalized and vulnerable communities. He is author of the critically acclaimed, "Asian Americans in the Ivory Tower: Dilemmas of Racial Inequality in American Higher Education" (Teacher’s College Press, 2010).
Teranishi’s research has influenced federal, state and institution policy related to college access and completion. He has testified before Congress, and his research has been referenced in U.S. Supreme Court cases on desegregation and affirmative action. Recently, he provided strategic planning and restructuring consultation for the Ford Foundation.
Currently a faculty member at New York University, Teranishi has received NYU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award and the Daniel E. Griffiths Research Award. In 2011, he was appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission. Professor Teranishi received his B.A. from UC Santa Cruz in Sociology and his M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA in higher education and organizational change.
“It is an honor and privilege to be the inaugural Morgan and Helen Chu Professor at UCLA,” stated Professor Robert Teranishi, “I am eager to arrive and get engaged with faculty and students in Asian American Studies and the broader campus community around my interests in improving the educational experiences and outcomes of Asian American and Pacific Islander students.”