John S.W. Park

Department of Asian American Studies


Immigration Law and Policy, Race Theory, Political Theory and Public Law.



John S.W. Park is Professor of Asian American Studies and an affiliated faculty member in Sociology. Prior to his appointment at UCSB, he was an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He completed his doctorate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at Boalt Hall, the School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. He has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and he graduated summa from Berkeley with a degree in Rhetoric. He worked for a year at an immigration law firm in San Francisco before completing his Ph.D. in 2000. From 2007 to 2011, he served as an Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Letters and Science.  From 2011 to the present, he has served as the Associate Director for the UC Center for New Racial Studies.  From 2013 to 2016, he was the Chair of the Department of Asian American Studies