College of Education *
College of Education *
Julie J. Park (CHSE)
Julie J. Park
Contact Information:
Room: 3214-G Benjamin Building
Phone: (301) 405-7998

Julie J. Park (Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles )
Assistant Professor, Student Affairs; HESI
Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE)


Research Interests | Bio | Fellowships | Honors & Awards | Grants & Projects | Publications | Curriculum Vitae |

Research Interests

Racial diversity and equity in higher education, religion, Asian American college students, affirmative action and college admissions, social and cultural capital.


Professional Biography

Julie J. Park is assistant professor of education at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research addresses how race, religion, and social class affect diversity and equity in higher education, including the diverse experiences of Asian American college students. In particular, she is interested in conditions affecting diversity, structural inequality, and college admissions.

She is widely published and the author of When Diversity Drops: Race, Religion, and Affirmative Action in Higher Education (Rutgers University Press, 2013), an examination of how universities are affected by bans on affirmative action. She sits on the editorial review board of Higher Education, and is also a research advisory board member for the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education, as well as the Interfaith Diversity and Experiences Longitudinal Study. Dr. Park earned her Ph.D. in Education from UCLA (Higher Education and Organizational Change), with a graduate concentration in Asian American Studies, and B.A. at Vanderbilt University (Sociology, English, and Women's Studies).

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Fellow, ASHE Institute for Equity and Diversity
Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship
UCLA Graduate Division Research Mentorship Fellowship
Diversity Initiative for Graduate Study in the Social Sciences Summer Fellowship, National Science Foundation
Spencer Research Training Grant Fellowship
Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar, U.S. Department of Education

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Honors & Awards

Association for the Study of Higher Education Promising Scholar/Early Career Award
UMD College of Education Exceptional Scholarship Award (Pre-Tenure Faculty)
Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award, Association for Institutional Research
Mildred García Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award, Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Council on Ethnic Participation
University of Maryland Research and Scholarship Award
Miami University School of Education, Health, and Society Summer Research Award
American College Personnel Administrators (ACPA) Emerging Scholar Award
Finalist, ASHE Dissertation of the Year
ACPA Asian Pacific Islander Network Research Award
Benjamin Cayetano Public Policy and Politics Prize

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Grants & Projects

UMD Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity, More than Tiger Moms: Examining How Second Generation East Asian Americans Approach Education and Schooling for Third Generation Youth. , 2014, $4400.

University of Sydney, United States Studies Centre. Expanding Student Success: The Effects of Financial Aid on Developmental and Diversity-Related Outcomes, 2012, $5000. With Nida Denson.

University of Southern California Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice, Over 40 Percent: Asian American Student Pathways through the Community College System, 2009, $3500

University of Southern California Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice, Who Goes Early? A Multi-level Analysis of Early Decision and Early Action Applicants, 2008, $9024 (with Kevin Eagan)

University of California Asian American and Pacific Islander Policy Multi-Campus Research Program, Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions: A Long Journey, but What Now?, 2008, $5000

Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Asian American College Students and Civic Engagement: Tracing Thirty-Five Years of Trends, 2008, $5000 (with Monica H. Lin and Oiyan Poon)

UCLA Institute of American Cultures, Race, Religion, and the Campus Climate, 2007-2008, $1500

Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity, Are You Happy Yet? Examining College Student Satisfaction with Campus Diversity, 2006, $1000

UCLA Institute of American Cultures, Behind the Scenes: Decision Makers and Advocates on the AAPI Serving Institutions Designation, 2006-2007, $3000

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Selected Publications

Park, J.J. & Bowman, N.A. (2015). Religion as bridging or bonding social capital: Race, religion, and cross-racial interaction for college students. Sociology of Education, 88(1), 20-37.

Park, J.J., Denson, N., & Johnson, M. (2014). Examining a financial climate of support: How institutional-level financial aid relates to teamwork, leadership, and critical thinking. Journal of College Student Development, 55(8), 779-794.

Park, J.J. (2014). Clubs and the campus racial climate: Student organizations and interracial friendship in college. Journal of College Student Development, 55(7), 641-660.

Bowman, N.A. & Park, J.J. (2014). Interracial contact on college campuses: Comparing and contrasting predictors of cross-racial interaction and interracial friendship. The Journal of Higher Education, 85(5), 660-690.

Park, J.J. & Liu, A. (2014). Interest convergence or divergence? A critical race theory analysis of Asian Americans, meritocracy, and critical mass in the affirmative action debate. The Journal of Higher Education, 85(1), 36-64.

Park, J.J. (2013). When Diversity Drops: Race, Religion, and Affirmative Action in Higher Education. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

Park, J.J. & Denson, N. (2013). When race and class both matter: The relationship between socioeconomic diversity, racial diversity, and student reports of cross-class interaction. Research in Higher Education, 54(7), 725-45.

Park, J.J. & Kim, Y.K. (2013). Interracial friendship, structural diversity, and peer groups: Patterns in Greek, religious, and ethnic student organizations. The Review of Higher Education, 37(1), 1-24.

Park, J.J., Denson, N., & Bowman, N. (2013). Does socioeconomic diversity make a difference? Examining the effects of racial and socioeconomic diversity on the campus climate for diversity. American Educational Research Journal, 50(3), 466-496.

Park, J.J. (2012). It takes a village (or an ethnic economy): The varying roles of socioeconomic status, religion, and social capital in SAT Preparation for Chinese and Korean American students. American Educational Research Journal, 85(1), 36-64.

Park, J.J. (2012). Asian American women’s perspectives on historically White sorority life: A critical race theory and cultural capital analysis. Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. 7(2), 1-18.

Park, J.J. (2012). "Man, this is hard": A case study of how race and religion affect cross-racial interaction for Black students. The Review of Higher Education, 35(4), 624-650.

Park, J.J. (2012). When race and religion collide: The effect of religion on interracial friendship in college. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 5(1), 8-21.

Park, J.J. & Millora, L.M. (2012). The relevance of reflection: An empirical examination of the role of reflection in ethic of caring, leadership, and psychological well-being. Journal of College Student Development, 53(2), 221-242.

Park, J.J. & Eagan, M.K. (2011). Who goes early? A multi-level analysis of enrollment via early action and early decision admissions. Teachers College Record, 113(11), 2345-237.

Park, J.J. (2011). "I needed to get out of my Korean bubble": An ethnographic account of Korean American collegians juggling diversity in a religious context. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 42(3), 193-212.

Park, J.J. (2011). Asian American college students over the decades: Insights from studying Asian American first-year students from 1971 to 2005. AAPI Nexus: Policy, Practice, and Community, 9(1), 119-126.

Park, J.J. & Millora, L.M. (2010). Psychological well-being for White, Black, Latino/a, and Asian American students: Considering spirituality and religion. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 47(4), 1-18.

Park, J.J., & Chang, M.J. (2010). Asian American Pacific Islander serving institutions: The motivations and challenges behind seeking a federal designation. AAPI Nexus: Policy, Practice, and Community, 7(2), 107-125.

Kim, Y.K., Chang, M.J., & Park, J.J. (2009). Engaging with faculty: Examining rates, predictors, and educational effects for Asian American undergraduates. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 2(4), 206-218.

Park, J.J. (2009). Taking race into account: Charting student attitudes towards affirmative action. Research in Higher Education, 50(7), 670-690.

Park, J.J. & Denson, N. (2009). Attitudes and advocacy: Understanding faculty attitudes on racial/ethnic diversity. The Journal of Higher Education, 80(4), 415-438.

Park, J.J. (2009). Are we satisfied? A look at student satisfaction with diversity at traditionally White institutions. The Review of Higher Education, 32(3), 291-320.

Park, J.J. (2008). Race and the Greek system in the 21st Century: Centering the voices of Asian American women. The NASPA Journal, 45(1), 103-132.

Hurtado, S., Eagan, M. K., Cabrera, N.L., Lin, M.H., Park, J.J., & Lopez, M. (2008). Training future scientists: Predicting first-year minority student participation in health science research. Research in Higher Education, 49(2), 126-152.

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Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

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