Hoang Vu Tran

Dr. Hoang Vu Tran's research and teaching interests include Critical Race Theory, whiteness studies, and educational law. Broadly, he is interested in how educational stakeholders understand race and racial subordination in the ‘colorblind’ era. His current research focuses on two dimensions of the affirmative action debate. First, Dr. Tran looks at affirmative action’s historical trajectory in order to better understand our democratic commitment (or lack thereof) to addressing institutional inequality – particularly in education. Secondly, he studies our contemporary ‘colorblind’ discourse of how we conceptualize and frame whether or not democratic affirmative actions are worthwhile and necessary. Dr. Tran enjoys teaching and working with students examining issues of racial inequality, educational access, and fulfilling the Civil Rights promise of education.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A., California State University, Long Beach
  • B.A., University of California, Irvine

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