Peter Nguyen

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Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office


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 the RAND Corporation. His research is focused on identifying, understanding, and addressing primarly racial inequality in the postsecondary education context. Past work includes developing and administering a survey on diversity in nursing education, a multi-site case study of how racial equity, as the dominant ideological strategy to address racial inequality, manifests as an organizational-level phenomenon, and a 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, Making Black Scientists: A Call to Action, that was recently published by Harvard University Press. He is currently conducting a longitudinal study on how low-income/first-generation college students from a large and urban community college district pursue their pathways to a four-year degree in STEM. Additionally, he is supporting 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, and Review of Research in Education. In 2017, he was recognized as an Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.


  • Men hold flowers during a vigil at a makeshift memorial outside the Gold Spa following the deadly shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, March 21, 2021, photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

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    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