Dr. Timothy Fong

California State University Sacramento, Director and Principal Investigator, Full Circle Project, Professor of Ethnic Studies

Dr. Timothy P. Fong is Professor of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Fong received his doctorate in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992. His research specialty areas include comparative race and ethnic relations, contemporary immigration, politics and public policy, community studies, higher education equity and student engagement, and qualitative methodology (ethnography and oral history).


Dr. Fong is also the Project Director and Principal Investigator for the Full Circle Project (FCP) a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. FCP is a comprehensive approach to implement a strategically focused, campus-wide effort to improve retention and graduation rates of underrepresented Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and other underserved students. FCP aims to assists students throughout his or her entire college careers and provides ample opportunities to engage in service both on and off campus to enhance their university experience. FCP was recognized as a “Model of Success” by the Center for Minority Serving Institutions. The accomplishments of FCP are profiled in several books, academic reports, and media publications.


Dr. Fong has written and edited several books including, The First Suburban Chinatown: The Remaking of Monterey Park, California (Temple University Press, 1994), which received a book award from the Association for Asian American Studies. Most recently he is the co-editor, with Dr. Dina Maramba, of Transformative Practices for Minority Student Success: Accomplishments of Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (Stylus: 2020). This is the first book to focus wholly on AANAPISIs. He is current working with Dr. Maramba and Dr. Mike Nguyen on editing a special edition of AAPI Nexus (Asian American Studies, UCLA) titled, “Models of Change: AANAPISIs in Action” (forthcoming 2022). This special edition critically examines how AANAPISIs are at the forefront of changing campus climate and culture as the result of COVID-19 related anti-Asian hate, greater attention on racial inequality led by Black Lives Matters (BLM), and heightened awareness of social inequality.

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