Eric Mar joins the Asian American Studies Department as Assistant Professor effective Fall 2017.
Mr. Mar has a wealth of experience in law & government, with working over two decades of law practice and holding influential positions in both local and national governments serving working families, youth, seniors, and diverse communities. Mr. Mar has notably served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for two terms from 2008 through 2017. From 2000 through 2008, he served as a Commissioner and past President of the San Francisco Board of Education.
Mr. Mar is embedded in government but he is also strongly rooted in community involvement and social activism. He has been a board member of the Chinese Progressive Association and a founding member of API-FORCE (Asians and Pacific Islanders for Community Empowerment). He is an honorary co-chair for Comfort Women Justice Coalition. Mr. Mar was the Executive Director of the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights. Moreover, he was an executive board member of the Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. For his outstanding community work and leadership, Mr. Mar has received numerous awards.
Mr. Mar has over 18 years of experience working in academia as an educator and administrator. From 1992 through 2008, he taught in the Asian American Studies Department and School (now College) of Ethnic Studies at SF State. Furthermore, he was an Associate Dean and Acting Dean from 1992 through 1997 at the New College of California School of Law.
Mr. Mar received his Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Davis, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree (JD) from New College of California School of Law with a specialization in immigration and civil right law.