Peter Nguyen

Peter Nguyen
Policy Researcher


PhD in education, University of Pennsylvania; MS in education, University of Pennsylvania; BS in commerce, Santa Clara University


Peter Nguyen is a policy researcher at RAND. His research is focused on racial inequality across multiple social domains, including education, STEM, and information literacy. Past work includes developing and administering a survey on diversity in nursing education recruitment and enrollment, a multi-site case study of how the culture of historically Black colleges and universities promotes inclusive curriculum and pedagogy in STEM, which resulted in a co-authored book (with Marybeth Gasman), Making Black Scientists: A Call to Action, that was recently published by Harvard University Press. He also recently completed (with Dolly Nguyen) a project on how the ideology of racial equity manifests—drives and shapes practices and policies—across diverse postsecondary campuses. He is currently co-leading a multi-campus evaluation related to competency-based education and supporting, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, a large-scale evaluation of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Networks for School Improvement” program. Nguyen’s work has been published in several peer-reviewed outlets, including American Educational Research Journal, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Nursing Outlook and Review of Research in Education. In 2017, he was recognized as an Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.


  • Postsecondary Education

    How to Build Stackable Credentials

    Many states and colleges are investing to build out stackable credential pathways. It will be important to continue to build evidence on whether these programs are achieving their aims of improved economic circumstances for individuals and better addressing workforce needs.

    Oct 6, 2023

    Inside Higher Ed

  • Asian Populations

    Asian American Lives and Livelihoods Don't Just Deserve Our Qualified Support

    Racism against Asian Americans is deeply rooted in the history of the United States. Enduring stereotypes about and bias towards Asian Americans, as well as lack of concern about them, have had long-standing harm on Asian American lives and livelihoods. What can the Asian American community and its allies do?

    Mar 22, 2021

    The RAND Blog