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Mitchell Chang

Interim Vice Provost of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Professor
Mitchell J. Chang
Mitchell Chang
Mitchell Chang
Interim Vice Provost of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Professor

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.



  • Associate Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • 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

  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Research Achievement Award, 2020
  • Order of the Golden Bruins, elected 2018
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow, elected 2016
  • ASHE-Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP) Founder’s Service Award, 2014

Select Publications

  • Havey, N., Gogue, D., & Chang, M.J. (2023). Tracing institutional change: How student activism concerning diversity facilitates administrative action. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.
  • Chang, M.J. (2020). Asian Americans and affirmative action: Addressing the color of privilege. In A. D. Dixson, G. J. Ladson-Billings, C. E. Suarez, W. T. Trent, & J. D. Andersen (Eds.), Condition or Process? Researching Race in Education (pp. 111-130). American Educational Research Association.
  • Chang, M.J. (2018). Changing the course of history: Imagining new possibilities for addressing old business. In L. W. Perna (Ed.), Taking It to the Streets: The Role of Scholarship in Advocacy and Advocacy in Scholarship (pp. 23-29). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • 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.