Loan Le

Loan Le

Loan Le PhD

Office: Ethnic Studies & Psychology



Faculty Biography

Dr. Loan K. Le is an academic and the President and CEO of the Institute for Good Government and Inclusion (IGGI, a 501(c)(3) devoted to research and education on controversial issues in American public policy and democratic inclusion). She joined SF State as a Faculty Lecturer in 2020. She previously served as Director of Research at UC Berkeley’s Center for (US) Latino Policy Research and as Visiting Assistant Professor at UCLA in the Department of Political Science and in the Department of Asian American Studies. She is a member of the National Association for the Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) and serves on NACOLE’s Communications Working Group (formerly the editorial committee for the NACOLE Review). She won the Western Political Science Association award for Best Paper in Asian Pacific American Politics in 2014 and in 2015. She served on the WPSA Committee for the Status of Asian Pacific Americans in the Profession (2014-2017) and was the Committee Chair for academic year (2016-2017). Dr. Le was Co-Chair of the American Political Science Association (APSA) Caucus of Asian Pacific Americans (2017-2019). She has also taught at Santa Clara University in the Department of Ethnic Studies and at Cal State East Bay in the Department of Political Science.  

In 2010, Dr. Le received her PhD from the University of California Berkeley’s Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science. During this time, she served as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Previous to graduate school, she served as a Coro Foundation Fellow in Public Affairs, as well as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar.

PhD Political Science (race and ethnicity), University of CA Berkeley, 2010

Asian American Studies; the Vietnamese American experience; race, ethnicity, gender, and equal protection; good government and public policy

Current projects include research and education on

  1. Curricula recommendations for teaching about historic and ongoing inequalities affecting Asian Americans and for teaching within Ethnic Studies and the Social Sciences more broadly
  2. Vietnamese American partisanship and politics within families, as well as between cohorts and generations
  3. Public policy affecting Asian Americans
  • “The Broader Scholarly Context of Asian American Politics” (with Sara Sadhwani). PS: Politics and Political Science, Forthcoming.  
  • “Are Asian Americans a meaningful political community?” (with Pei-te Lien, Andrew Aoki, Oki Takeda, and Sara Sadhwani). PS: Politics and Political Science, Forthcoming. 
  • Le, Loan Kieu and Paul Ong. “Trajectory of Asian American Nonpartisanship: Transitory, Transitional or End State?.” New Political Science. 40 (2018): 368-383. 
  • Le, Loan Kieu and Phi Hong Su. “Party identification and the immigrant cohort hypothesis: the case of Vietnamese Americans.” Politics, Groups, and Identities. (2018) : 743-763, DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2017.1289849 
  • Le, Loan Kieu and Phi Hong Su. “Electoral Outcomes among Vietnamese Americans.” In Minority Voting in the United States, edited by Kyle L. Kreider and Thomas Baldino. 349-368. Santa Barbara, Praeger (ABC-CLIO), 2016. 
  • Le, Loan and Maitria Moua. “Civilian Oversight and Developments in Less Lethal Technologies: Weighing Risks and Prioritizing Accountability in Domestic Law Enforcement.” Seattle Journal for Social Justice. 14 (2015): 101-144.  
  • Ong, Paul, Loan Le and Paula Daniels. “Ethnic Variation in Environmental Attitudes and Opinion among Asian American Voters.” AAPI Nexus: Policy, Practice and Community. 11 (2013): 91-109. 


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