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About Kimberly A. Truong

Kimberly A. Truong, Ph.D. is the Director of Inclusion Programs in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In this role, Dr. Truong develops, implements, and improves programs that create opportunities for dialogue and the development of skills, behaviors, and knowledge about equity, diversity, and inclusion. The mission of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is to initiate and support activities that increase diversity and promote an inclusive climate at the School. Dr. Truong is also an adjunct lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is actively involved in the Association of Harvard Asian and Asian American Faculty and Staff as the Longwood Co-Chair.

Dr. Truong is passionate about equity, diversity, inclusion issues in higher education as someone who came from an underrepresented background (first-generation college student, low-income student, and Southeast Asian American student). She began her career in this field 12 years ago so that she could help improve educational access and efforts to retain underrepresented students. Prior to joining the Harvard Chan School, Dr. Truong was an Administrative Fellow where she collaborated with the Harvard College Women's Center, Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, and Office of BGLTQ Student Life to support equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts at Harvard College. She initiated several programs, including the Diversity, (In)Equity, and Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference, Scholar-in-Residence Program, and Desserts and Dialogue.

Dr. Truong conducts research on access and equity issues in higher education, university student experiences, and higher education policy. She is nationally recognized for research on the experiences of doctoral students of color with racism and racial trauma. Her written works have been published in the Harvard Educational ReviewInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in EducationNew Directions for Institutional Research, and About Campus. Dr. Truong co-founded the Support Network for Asian American and Pacific Scholars. She serves on the membership committee of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Qualitative Research Special Interest Group (SIG) and is Co-editor of the AERA Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans SIG Newsletter.

Dr. Truong earned a Ph.D. in higher education at the University of Pennsylvania, Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and B.A. from Brandeis University.


Present Adjunct Lecturer on Education, Harvard University

Research Interests

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Higher Education Policy, Student Engagement and Learning Outcomes, Campus Climate and Culture, Strategic Planning and Management, and Qualitative Research Methods

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Honors and Awards

  • 2012 American Educational Research Association, Doctoral Education Across the Disciplines (#168) SIG, Outstanding Dissertation Award – Honorable Mention
  • 2010-2011 Phi Delta Kappa International Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award Finalist; Selected for “Recognition of Merit”
  • 2010 American Psychological Association Division 27, Society for Community Research and Action - Community Psychology: Emory L. Cowen Dissertation Award for the Promotion of Wellness – Runner-Up


  • Critical Race Theory in Education
  • Experiences Across the Spectrum: A Qualitative Research Clinic
  • Access and Equity in Higher Education
  • Student Engagement in Higher Education
  • Introduction to Doctoral Studies
  • Comparative International/Global Higher Education

Articles (5)

Contributions to Books (2)

Dissertation (1)

Presentations (34)