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Educational Leadership

Bach Mai Dolly Nguyen

Assistant Professor

Bach Mai Dolly Nguyen’s research examines how categorization reveals, maintains, and mitigates inequality in education, with particular attention to racial and organizational classifications. In combination, these areas of research have manifested in studies on minority serving institutions (MSIs), ethnic stratification, and organizational behavior and change. Dolly’s work has been accepted or published in Review of Research in Education and Review of Higher Education. She is the 2017-2018 University of Pennsylvania Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) Fellow.

Personal Statement

How does this mitigate inequality? That question is at the core of my research and teaching. By identifying and understanding the maintenance of structural inequality, higher education can come closer to addressing the stratification of opportunity that persistently advantages the well-resourced, and disadvantages the marginalized.

Areas of Expertise

Higher Education, Race, Ethnicity, Racial Stratification, Racial Heterogeneity, Organizational Change


Nguyen, T. H., & Nguyen, B. M. D. (2018). Is the “First-Generation Student” Term Useful for Understanding Inequality? The Role of Intersectionality in Illuminating the Implications of an Accepted—Yet Unchallenged—Term. Review of Research in Education42(1), 146-176.

Nguyen, T. H., Nguyen, B. M. D., Nguyen, M. H., Gasman, M., & Conrad, C. (2018). From Marginalized to Validated: An In-depth Case Study of an Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution. The Review of Higher Education41(3), 327-363.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles