Mitchell Chang
Moore Hall 3127
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521

P: (310) 825-0504

Mitchell Chang



Professor of Education (and of Asian American Studies)


  • Ph.D., Education, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996
  • Ed.M., Education, Harvard University, 1990
  • B.A., Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1987

Awards, Honors, Fellowships

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow, elected 2016
  • ASHE-Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP) Founder’s Service Award, 2014
  • Citation for Outstanding Leadership (AERA Council), 2014
  • Outstanding Reviewer (AERA publications), 2013 & 2014
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Research Coalition (ARC) Fellow, appointed 2013
  • National Education Policy Center (NEPC) Fellow, elected 2004
  • The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Asian Pacific American Network (APAN) Outstanding Contribution to APIDA Research Award, 2008 (shared w/ J. Park, M. Lin, O. Poon, & D. Nakanishi)
  • Profiled as a Top 10 Emerging Scholar in United States under the age of 40 by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (formerly Black Issues in Higher Education), 2006
  • Sudikoff Family Institute for Education and New Media Fellow, 2004-2005
  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, 2001-2002
  • Salzburg Seminar’s Universities Project Fellow, 2001

Teaching & Research Interests

Chang’s research focuses on the educational efficacy of diversity-related initiatives on college campuses and how to apply those best practices toward advancing student learning and democratizing institutions. He has written over ninety publications, some of which were cited in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Grutter v. Bollinger, one of two cases involving the use of race sensitive admissions practices at the University of Michigan.

Select Publications

  1. Chang, M.J. (2015). Sense and sensibility: Considering the dynamic between scholarship and lived experiences. In B. Pusser, A. Martinez-Aleman, & E. Bensimon (Eds.), Critical Research in Higher Education: A Practical Introduction (pp. 44-58). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  2. Chang, M. J., Sharkness, J., Hurtado, S., & Newman, C. B., (2014). What matters in college for retaining aspiring scientists and engineers from underrepresented racial groups. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 51(5), 555-677.
  3. Chang, M.J. (2013). Post-Fisher: The unfinished research agenda on student diversity in higher education, Educational Researcher, 42(3), 172-173.
  4. Denson, N., & Chang, M.J. (2009). Racial diversity matters: The impact of diversity-related student engagement and institutional context. American Educational Research Journal, 46(2), 322-353.
  5. Chang, M.J., Witt, D., Jones, J., & Hakuta, K. (Eds.; 2003). Compelling Interest: Examining the Evidence on Racial Dynamics in Colleges and Universities. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
  6. Chang, M.J. (2002). Preservation or transformation: Where’s the real educational discourse on diversity? The Review of Higher Education, 25(2), 125-140.