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Vichet Chhuon

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara
culture and teaching

Room 359 Peik Hall
159 Pillsbury Dr S E
Tel: 612/625-4331

Curriculum and Instruction
Room 359 Peik Hall

159 Pillbury Dr SE
Tel: 612/625-4331

Office hours:
by appointment

Areas of Expertise

Achievement Motivation; Urban Education; Racial and Ethnic Identities; Adolescent Development; School Connectedness; Immigrant Youth; Asian American Studies

Research Summary

I am an Assistant Professor of Culture and Teaching and faculty in the Asian American Studies Program. The consistent threads that cut across my research have been meeting the teaching and learning needs of immigrant and marginalized students, examining the relationships between educational institutions, families, and social context, and employing interdisciplinary frameworks and diverse methodologies to the study of education.

My past work has focused on the academic and ethnic identities of Cambodian American students. I have discussed how the ethnic identity options and decisions for these students hold important consequences for relationships with peers, teachers, and other significant adults in school. My other writing has more broadly focused on the experiences of students of color to understand from students how teachers and schools might better help them realize their promise. I am continuing this line of research through a collaborative project that investigates adolescents’ perceptions of “being known” (with Tanner Lebaron Wallace, University of Pittsburgh. We are currently investigating the roles in which students’ sense of being known play in supportive school experiences and positive youth development.

I am a co-chair (with Cathy Schlund-Vials) of the States of Southeast Asian American Studies Conference in October 2014, and currently serve as book review editor for the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement. I am also chair of the Research on the Education of Asian Pacific Americans SIG of the American Educational Research Association. 


  • EDHD 5014: Child & Adolescent Development for Teaching and Learning
  • CI 3150: Special Topics on Southeast Asian Students in the United States
  • CI 8133: Research Methods in Curriculum & Instruction
  • CI 8148: Qualitative Research Methods in Education
  • CI 8159: Racial & Ethnic identities in Teaching and Learning

Selected Publications

  1. Wallace, T., & Chhuon, V. (2014). Proximal processes in urban classrooms: Engagement and disaffection in urban youth of color. American Educational Research Journal. DOI: 10.3102/0002831214531324

  2. Chhuon, V. (2013). “I’m Khmer and I’m not a Gangster!”: The problematization of Cambodian male youth in US schools. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 27 (2), 233-250.

  3. Chhuon, V., & Sullivan, A. (2013). Racialization of abilities and disabilities in US schools: Asian American and Pacific Islander students in gifted and special education. Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, 20(2), 49-59. 

  4. Chhuon, V., & Wallace, T. (2012). Creating connectedness through Being Known: Fulfilling the need to belong in US high schools. Youth and Society, 46(3), 379-401.

  5. Wallace, T., Ye, F., & Chhuon, V. (2012). Subdimensions of adolescent belonging in high school. Applied Developmental Science, 16(3), 1-18.  

  6. Hudley, C., & Chhuon, V. (2012). Motivation for academic achievement in urban American schools. In K.Gallagher, R. Goodyear, D. Brewer and R. Rueda (Eds.), Urban Education: A Model for Leadership and Policy, (pp. 271-282). New York: Routledge.

  7. Chhuon, V., & Hudley, C. (2010). Asian American ethnic options. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 41(4), 341-359. 

  8. Chhuon, V., Hudley, C., Brenner, M.E., & Macias, R. (2010). The multiple worlds of successful Cambodian American students. Urban Education, 45(1), 30-57.

  9. Chhuon, V., Dosalmas, A., & Rinthapol, N. (2010). Factors supporting academic engagement among Cambodian American high school youth. Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, 5, 1-14.

  10. Carranza, F.D., You, S., Chhuon, V., & Hudley, C. (2009). A model of Mexican American academic achievement: Perceived parental educational involvement, acculturation and self-esteem. Adolescence, 44(174), 313-333.

  11. Chhuon, V., Gilkey, E., Gonzalez, M., Chrispeels, J., & Daly, A. (2008). A little district that could: The process of building district-school trust. Educational Administration Quarterly, 44 (2), 257-281. 

Awards and Distinctions