Dr. Mike Hoa Nguyen is assistant professor of higher education at the University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education and faculty affiliate at the Scrivner Institute for Public Policy and the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE). His research examines the benefits and consequences of public policy instruments in expanding or constraining the operations of colleges and universities, with a specific focus on federal diversity initiatives. This agenda falls into two policy strands: (1) how the federal Minority Serving Institution (MSI) program serves as a vehicle for academic institutions to enhance student success by advancing the political agendas of communities of color and (2) the influence of the judicial branch, as a policy-making body, in regulating the role of racial diversity at colleges and universities.
Dr. Nguyen aims to better articulate how federal diversity policy can reach its potential, and fulfill its promise to address pervasive educational inequalities for underrepresented populations and regions within the United States. His work has been published in several outlets including Educational Researcher and the Review of Higher Education; and he testified before the California State Assembly’s Committee on Higher Education.
Prior to earning his doctorate, Dr. Nguyen served as a senior staff member in the United States Congress, where his policy portfolio included a number of key issues, including postsecondary education and the judiciary. Before federal service, Dr. Nguyen was a program associate at De Anza College, where he mentored students, developed new curriculum, and taught. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and his graduate education at the University of California, Los Angeles. Learn more about Dr. Nguyen on his Portfolio Page.