RteranishiRobert Teranishi, Ph.D.


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405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521
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Dr. Robert Teranishi is a Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education, the Morgan and Helen Chu Endowed Chair in Asian American Studies, and co-director for the Institute for Immigration, Globalization and Education at UCLA. His research is broadly focused on race, ethnicity, and the stratification of college opportunity. His work has been influential to federal, state, and institution policy related to college access and affordability. He has provided congressional testimony regarding the Higher Education Reauthorization Act and No Child Left Behind, informed state policy decisions related to selective college admissions, and his research has been solicited to inform U.S. Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action and school desegregation. Prior to his appointment at UCLA, he served as a professor at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania. Recently, President Obama appointed Dr. Teranishi as a member on the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Services.

UCLA Faculty Profile


  • Professor of Education
  • Morgan and Helen Chu Endowed Chair in Asian American Studies
  • Co-Director, Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education


  • Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Higher Education and Organizational Change
  • M.A. University of California, Los Angeles, Education
  • B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz, Sociology

Awards, Honors, Fellowships

  • 2012: Daniel E. Griffiths Research Award
  • 2011: Appointed by Secretary of Education to the Equity and Excellence Commission
  • 2010: Top “Up-and-Coming” Leader, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
  • 2010: NYU Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award
  • 2006: NYU Departmental Research Award
  • 2005: NYU Departmental Publication Award
  • 2005: NYU Faculty Star Award Honorable Mention
  • 2004: NYU Departmental Research and Scholarship Award
  • 2002: NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2001: Spencer Foundation Research Training Grant

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Higher education and social mobility
  • Race, ethnicity, and the stratification of college opportunities
  • College access and completion

Select Publications

  • Teranishi, R. T., & Nguyen, T, K. (2012). Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the changing demography of the United States: Implications for education policy. Harvard Kennedy School Asian American Policy Review, 22.
  • Teranishi, R. T. (2012). Asian American and Pacific Islander students and the institutions that serve them. Change Magazine.
  • Allen, W. R., Teranishi, R. T., & Bonous-Hammarth, M. (2012). As the World Turns: Implications of Global Shifts in Higher Education for Theory, Research and Practice. U.K.: Emerald Group Publishing.
  • Teranishi, R. T., Suárez-Orozco, C., & Suárez-Orozco, M. (2011). Immigrants in community college: Toward greater knowledge and awareness. The Future of Children, 21(1).
  • Teranishi, R. T. (2011). Asian American and Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions: Areas of growth, innovation, and collaboration. AAPI Nexus Journal, 9(1/2).
  • Suárez-Orozco, C., Yoshikawa, H., Teranishi, R. T., & Suárez-Orozco, M. (2011). Growing up in the shadows: The developmental implications of unauthorized status. Harvard Education Review, 81(3).
  • Teranishi, R. T. (2010). Asians in the Ivory Tower: Dilemmas of Racial Inequality in American Higher Education New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Teranishi, R. T., & Parker, T. L. (2010). Social reproduction of inequality: Racial segregation, secondary schools, and postsecondary opportunities. Teachers College Record, 112(5).
  • Teranishi, R. T. (2010). Demography, community, and the education of Asian American and Pacific Islander students. In W. R. Allen (ed.), Sociology, Demography, and Social Change. Oxford: Elsevier Publishers.
  • Teranishi, R. T., & Behringer, L. (2008). Higher education: Stratification and mobility. In T. L. Good (ed.), 21st Century Education. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Teranishi, R. T., & Briscoe, K. (2008). Contextualizing race: African American college choice in an evolving affirmative action era. The Journal of Negro Education, 77(1).
  • Park, J., & Teranishi, R. T. (2008). Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions: Historical perspectives and future prospects. In M. Gasman, B. Baez, & C. S. Turner (eds.), Interdisciplinary Approaches to Understanding Minority Serving Institutions. Albany: SUNY Press.
  • Teranishi, R. T. (2007). Race, ethnicity, and higher education policy: The use of critical quantitative research. In F. Stage (ed.), Using Quantitative Research to Answer Critical Questions. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Allen W. R., Bonous-Hammarth, M., & Teranishi, R. T. (2006). Higher Education in a Global Society: Achieving Diversity, Equity, and Excellence. Oxford: Elsevier Publishers.
  • Teranishi, R. T., & Briscoe, K. (2006). Social capital and the stratification of college opportunity. In S. Thomas (ed.), Theoretical Perspectives on College Students. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Teranishi, R. T. (2005). Black Residential Migration in California: Implications for Higher Education Policy. Oakland, CA: University of California Office of the President.
  • Teranishi, R. T., Allen, W. R., & Solorzano, D. G. (2004). Opportunities at the crossroads: Racial inequality, school segregation, and higher education in California. Teachers College Record, 106(11).
  • Teranishi, R. T. (2004). Yellow and Brown: Residential segregation and emerging Asian American immigrant populations. Equity and Excellence in Education, 37(3).
  • Teranishi, R. T., Ceja, M., Antonio, A., Allen, W. R., & McDonough, P. (2004). The college-choice process for Asian Americans: Ethnicity and social class in context. The Review of Higher Education, 27(4).
  • Teranishi, R. T., Allen, W. R., Solorzano, D. G., & Smith Maddox, R. (2004). Separate But Certainly Not Equal. Los Angeles, CA: Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies.