Robert Teranishi
Professor, Morgan and Helen Chu Endowed Chair in Asian American Studies

Higher Ed

  • Asian students
  • Race and diversity

Robert Teranishi is professor of social science and comparative education and the Morgan and Helen Chu endowed chair in Asian American studies at UCLA. 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 numerous publications, including the critically acclaimed, “Asian Americans in the Ivory Tower: Dilemmas of Racial Inequality in American Higher Education.” In 2011, he was appointed by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission. In 2015, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Board of Education Sciences. Teranishi received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in sociology and his master’s and doctorate from UCLA in higher education and organizational change.