Yoon Pak is Associate Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership (EPOL) and serves as the Director of Doctoral Graduate Programs. She is also a core faculty member in the Department of Asian American Studies. She is a past recipient of the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship and served as Co-Editor for the History of Education Quarterly from 2006-2015. Her research and teaching interests focus on the history of American education in the 20th century as it relates to racial minorities and immigrant groups. She also has interests in contemporary higher education issues as it affects Asian Pacific American student populations. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, her book publications include, Wherever I Go I’ll Always Be A Loyal American: Schooling Seattle’s Japanese Americans During World War II, Asian Americans in Higher Education: Charting New Realities, and Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives: Oral Histories of (Mis)Educational Opportunities in Challenging Notions of Academic Achievement (ed.). She has served in numerous capacities at the campus level in relation to diversity and equity concerns since her time at Illinois.

Key Professional Appointments

Associate ProfessorEducational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005 - 

Associate Professor and Core FacultyAsian American Studies Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005 - 

Assistant ProfessorEducational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999 - 


Ph.D., Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, University of Washington, 1999

M.Ed., Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, University of Washington, 1994

B.A., History, University of Washington, 1992

Awards, Honors, Associations

Outstanding Asian American Faculty Award2014 - 2014

Faculty Mentorship Awawrd2013 - 2013

Outstanding Reviewer Award2013 - 2013

Outstanding Reviewer Award2010 - 2010

Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students2003 - 2003

Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students2000 - 2000


Pak, Y., Maramba, D., Hernandez, X. (2014) Asian Americans in Higher Education: Charting New Realities ASHE Higher Education Report: San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, USA link>

Pak, Y. (2007) We are already multicultural: Why policy and leadership matter. Multicultural education policy in Canada and the United States: Symbol and substance University of British Columbia Press: Vancouver, BC

Ng, J., Lee, S., Pak, Y. (2007) Contesting the model minority and perpetual foreigner stereotypes: A critical review of literature on Asian Americans in education Review of Research in Education

Pak, Y. (2006) Multiculturalism matters: Learning from our past. Race and ethnicity in education: Principles and practices of multicultural education Praeger: New York

Pak, Y. (2004) Teaching for intercultural understanding: A teacher's perspective in the 1940s. Social education in the twentieth century: Curriculum and context for citizenship Peter Lang: New York

Pang, V., Kiang, P., Pak, Y. (2003) "Asian Pacific American Students: Fighting Overgeneralizations,". Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education, Second Edition Jossey-Bass: San Francisco

Pak, Y. (2002) The irony of exclusion: Education in Seattle during the Japanese American incarceration. Education for democracy: Contexts, curricula, and assessments Information Age Press: Greenwich, CT

Pak, Y. (2002) "If there is a better intercultural plan in any school system in America, I do not know where it is": The San Diego City Schools' intercultural education program, 1946-1949 Urban Education

Pak, Y. (2002) Wherever I go I will always be a loyal American: Schooling Seattle's Japanese American schoolchildren during World War II.. Routledge/Falmer: New York

Pak, Y., Johnson, L.. The history of intercultural education in the public schools, 1930s-1950s...

Pak, Y., Depouw, C.. De-Centering the Model Minority: Historical and Contemporary Trends

Pak, Y. (2001) "Review of Stacey Lee's Unraveling the Model Minority Stereotype," Urban Education

Pak, Y. (2001) "'Dear Teacher': Letters on the Eve of the Japanese American Imprisonment," Middle Level Learning: National Council for the Social Studies: Washington, DC

Pak, Y. (2001) "Progressive Education and the Limits of Racial Recognition, Revisited," Educational Theory

Pak, Y. (2000) Citizenship education in the Seattle schools on the eve of the Japanese American incarceration Theory and Research in Social Education


Co-Editor2006 - 2015

Manuscript Reviewer2011 - 2013

Expert Panel Member2012 - 2012

Manuscript Reviewer2012 - 2012

Panel Discussant on Teacher Education, Higher Education and Progressivism: Similarities and Differen2012 - 2012

Proposal Reviewer2011 - 

Proposal Reviewer2011 - 

Manuscript Reviewer2010 - 

Manuscript Reviewer2007 - 2010

Provider2000 - 2009

Oral History Workshop Presenter2008 - 2008

Manuscript Reviewer2008 - 2008

Book Review Editor2006 - 2008

Committee Member2006 - 2008

Diversity Committee Member2005 - 2008

Invited Speaker2006 - 2006

Board Member, Committee on Multicultural Education2004 - 2006

Faculty Mentor2005 - 2005

Review Board2000 - 2005

Member2000 - 2001


Asian American Education Examination and analysis of Asian American education from the late 1800's to the present. Course Information: Same as AAS 402. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

Yoon Pak

Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership



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1310 S. Sixth St.
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