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Michael Chang


Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Comparative Ethnic Studies

Administrative law, and culture, Asian American Studies, Civil rights, Critical Race Theory, Diaspora Studies, Education Law, Ethnic Studies, Law, Post-colonial Studies, Race

Ph.D. Ethnic Studies, U.C. Berkeley
M.A. Anthropology, New School for Social Research
B.A., Anthropology, Vassar College


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Publications List


Michael Chang, Doctrinal Instability in Contextual Race-Conscious Review: The Continuing Legacy of the Korematsu Court’s Ultra-Deference Standard, 26 (1) UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal (2023).

Bio & Research Interests

Michael is a 2021-2022 Chancellor’s Public Scholar Faculty Fellow, awarded from the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship program.  He is a practicing government civil rights attorney where he enforces federal laws prohibiting discrimination.  He has taught at law schools as a teaching fellow and visiting assistant professor for “Race and Law,”Education Law,” and “Administrative Law” courses.  Michael was previously a state assistant inspector general.  

His research areas include examining the relationship between socio-cultural norms and practices and legal institutions and laws.  In particular he is interested in the dynamic process where these norms are considered in the law’s determination of individual versus group rights, civil rights versus civil liberties.  

Michael’s dissertation for his U.C. Berkeley Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies examined the relationship between discourses on race and citizenship rights and public policy during the 1996 Clinton administration re-election cycle’s campaign finance reform controversy, coined by the media as “Asian Donorgate.”  The dissertation is published as: “Racial Politics in the Era of Transnational Citizenship” (2004, Rowman and Littlefield).

Courses Taught

ASAMST 145AC, “Politics, Public Policy, and Asian American Communities”

ASAMST 141, “Law and Asian Americans”

ETH STD 144AC, “Racism and U.S. Law”

ETH STD 182AC, “Race, Rights and Citizenship”

ETH STD 180L, “Selected Topics in Race and the Law”