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OiYan A. Poon

OiYan A. Poon

OiYan Poon is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. Her research agenda focuses on race and racism, affirmative action, and Asian Americans. A leading scholar, Dr. Poon was the 2016 recipient of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Council on Ethnic Participation Mildred B. Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award and a 2014 recipient of the American College Personnel Association Emerging Scholar Award. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Justice or Just Us: Asian Americans in the Borderlands of Race in Higher Education, which focuses on how Asian Americans have navigated, resisted, and leveraged complex racial politics in heated debates over affirmative action in selective admissions. She is also co-editing an anthology entitled Difficult Subjects: Insights and Strategies for Teaching about Race, Sexuality and Gender. Dr. Poon earned her Ph.D. in race and ethnic studies in education with a certificate in Asian American studies from UCLA, a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from The University of Georgia, and a B.S. from Boston College.