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Van Lac, PhD

Associate Professor

Educational Policy Studies


Building & Room:

ETMSW 3406

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Van Lac earned her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Prior to her graduate studies, she was a high school English teacher for eight years in Richmond, California, working in an under-resourced community serving primarily Black and Latinx students. She has a master’s degree in The Art of Teaching English from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of California-Berkeley. Growing up in Oakland, California, Van attended K-12 public schools in the Oakland Unified School District and is a first-generation Southeast Asian college student and academic faculty member. She has published in journals, such as “Urban Education”, “Equity and Excellence in Education”, “Qualitative Studies in Education”, “Qualitative Inquiry”, “Urban Review”, and “Educational Policy”. Her research focuses on how educational leaders can work alongside minoritized youth through participatory action research to enact social change and how to develop and/or strengthen the racial consciousness of K-12 students, educators, and aspiring school leaders.