A respected scholar and long-time academic leader, Dr. Mia Tuan assumes the deanship of the University of Washington College of Education on July 1, 2015.
Tuan comes from the University of Oregon, where she was a professor of sociology and education studies. She served as interim dean of UO’s College of Education from 2013 to 2014. She previously served as associate dean of UO's Graduate School, director of its Center on Diversity & Community, and director of the sociology department’s honors program. Tuan joined UO's sociology faculty in 1996, and in 2007 joined the College of Education. Tuan has won numerous academic awards, including the 2012 Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) and Education Testing Services (ETS) Award for Excellence and Innovation, for Diversifying Graduate Education in STEM Disciplines.
Tuan's research focuses on racial and ethnic identity development, Asian transracial adoption, and majority/minority relations. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and three books, Choosing Ethnicity, Negotiating Race: Korean Adoptees in America; Prejudice in Politics: Group Position, Public Opinion and the Wisconsin Treaty Rights Dispute; and Forever Foreigners or Honorary Whites? The Contemporary Asian Ethnic Experience.
Read a Q&A with Tuan about why she was drawn to UW College of Education, her background as a 1.5 generation American, the importance of equity in Washington schools and more.
Ph.D.; UCLA; Sociology; 1996
M.A.; UCLA; Sociology; 1992
B.A.; University of California, Berkeley; Sociology; 1990