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 - present

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

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


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 AwardAsian American Cultural Center, 2014 - 2014

Faculty Mentorship AwawrdTrio Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Summer Research InstituteOffice of Minority Student Affairs, 2013 - 2013

Outstanding Reviewer AwardEducational Administration Quarterly, 2013 - 2013

Outstanding Reviewer AwardEducational Administration Quarterly, 2010 - 2010

Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their StudentsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003 - 2003

Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their StudentsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000 - 2000


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

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

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>

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, 31(1), 95-130.

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, .

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, 37(5), 588-609.

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

Pak, Y. (2001). "Progressive Education and the Limits of Racial Recognition, Revisited," Educational Theory, 51(no. 4, 2001), pp. 487-497.

Pak, Y. (2001). "'Dear Teacher': Letters on the Eve of the Japanese American Imprisonment," Middle Level Learning: National Council for the Social Studies, 12, 10-15.

Pak, Y. (2000). Citizenship education in the Seattle schools on the eve of the Japanese American incarceration. Theory and Research in Social Education, 28(3), 339-358.


Proposal ReviewerDivision F: HIstory and Historiography, AERA, 2011 - 9999

Proposal ReviewerHistory of Education Society, 2011 - 9999

Manuscript ReviewerEducational Administration Quarterly, 2010 - 9999

Co-EditorHistory of Education Quarterly, 2006 - 2015

Manuscript ReviewerEducational Theory, 2011 - 2013

Manuscript ReviewerEducational Philosophy and Theory, 2012 - 2012

Panel Discussant on Teacher Education, Higher Education and Progressivism: Similarities and DifferenHistory of Education Society, 2012 - 2012

Expert Panel MemberCommunity Radio, Asian Pacific American (APA) Compass, Portland, OR, KBOO Radio, 2012 - 2012

Manuscript ReviewerTeachers College Press, 2007 - 2010

ProviderAsian Pacific American Mentoring Program, Office of the Dean of Students, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000 - 2009

Manuscript ReviewerTheory and Research in Social Education, 2008 - 2008

Oral History Workshop PresenterHull Center for the Humanities, Oral History Workshop, University of Kansas, 2008 - 2008

Book Review EditorBook Review Editor, History of Education Quarterly, 2006 - 2008

Committee MemberDiversity Committee Member, History of Education Society, 2006 - 2008

Diversity Committee MemberHistory of Education Society, 2005 - 2008

Invited SpeakerCollege of Education Mentoring Network, University of Washington, 2006 - 2006

Board Member, Committee on Multicultural EducationCommittee on Multicultural Education, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, 2004 - 2006

Faculty MentorSummer Research Opportunities Program, 2005 - 2005

Review BoardEducational Theory, 2000 - 2005

MemberAsian Pacific American Resource Committee Office of the Dean of Students, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000 - 2001


Undergraduate Open Seminar Course Information: Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated. Specific sections approved for S/U grading.

Foundations of Education Studies some of the problems of formulating and justifying aims and policies in American education, of designing and systematizing the curriculum, of organization and social context of the public school system, and of the teaching-learning process; examined in terms of perspectives provided by social philosophy, history, sociology, and philosophy of education. Class Schedule Information: Students must register for one discussion and one lecture section.

Foundations of Education-ACP Course is identical to EPS 201 except for the additional writing component. Course Information: Credit is not given for both EPS 202 and EPS 201. Prerequisite: Completion of campus Composition I general education requirement. Class Schedule Information: Students must register for one discussion and one lecture section.

Race and Cultural Diversity Study of race and cultural diversity from Colonial era to present; the evolution of racial ideology in an ethnically heterogeneous society; the impact of race on the structures and operations of fundamental social institutions; the role of race in contemporary politics and popular culture. Course Information: Same as AAS 310, AFRO 310, and LLS 310. Prerequisite: Completion of campus Composition I general education requirement.

Undergraduate Advanced Seminar Advanced undergraduate seminar that builds upon introductory work in EPS 410 and includes historical, philosophical, legal, and social science perspectives on education. Requests for activation of this course may come from students or faculty. Course Information: Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated.

History of American Education Development of American education in relation to political, social, and cultural developments; attention to the influence of movements in the cultural environment upon evolving conceptions of educational theory and practice. Course Information: 2 or 4 undergraduate hours. 2 or 4 graduate hours.

Historical & Social Barriers Examines the relationship between ability, race, class, and gender to citizenship and schooling. Particular emphasis is placed on how the construction of "citizenship" has been used as a tool to further deny equal participation in the public sphere such as schools. To that end, an application of historical understanding of social barriers to educational access is analyzed from the Colonial period to the present. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated for 4 graduate hours.

Topics in Educational Policy Seminar on topics not treated by regularly scheduled courses; requests for initiation may be made by students or faculty members. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours.

Seminar in the History of Ed Intensive group study of a small number of selected problems to assist individual students to develop an understanding of and the ability to use the techniques of historical research in furthering such study; problems studied are selected in the light of the interests and previous training of the group of students enrolled. Course Information: Prerequisite: Two courses in the history of education or consent of instructor.

Advanced Graduate Seminar Seminar in educational policy studies; sections offered in the following fields: (a) history of education; (b) philosophy of education; (c) comparative education; (d) social foundations of education; (e) philosophy of educational research; and (f) historical methods in education. Course Information: May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Yoon Pak

Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership



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1310 S. Sixth St.
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