Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Professor of Law
Professor of Asian American Studies
Korea Times-Hankook Ilbo Chair in Korean American Studies

When it comes to race, Vice Chancellor Jerry Kang pushes us to honestly interrogate notions of color-blindness. We like to think we are color-blind, but decades of research suggest otherwise. The evidence overwhelmingly suggests that implicit biases — attitudes and stereotypes that we carry without awareness or conscious direction — predict how we interpret the world and behave within it, despite our best intentions. Vice Chancellor Kang has spoken about implicit bias to law firms, TEDx audiences, students, and academics. His research has been published in highly regarded journals and books.

On July 1, 2015, Vice Chancellor Kang became UCLA’s inaugural Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. As Vice Chancellor, his broad areas of focus include investigations, training, evidence-based policy analysis and development, high-level coordination and strategic planning, community relations, compliance, campus climate initiatives, and communication.

Research Focus

The nexus between the mind sciences and the law, with the goal of advancing a “behavioral realism” that imports new scientific findings from the mind sciences into legal discourse and policymaking. Additional focus on “technologies” — broadly understood — that encompasses the intersection between communications, cyberspace, and privacy.

Degrees

A.B. Harvard, 1990
J.D. Harvard, 1993
Joined UCLA faculty in 1995

Selected Publications

  • Kang, Jerry. “Rethinking Intent and Impact: Some Behavioral Realism about Equal Protection” in Alabama Law Review, vol. 66. 2015.
  • Yamamoto, Eric K., Margaret Chon, Carol L. Izumi, Jerry Kang, and Frank H. Wu. Race, Rights, and Reparation: Law of the Japanese American Internment (2nd edition). Aspen Publishers. 2013.

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A university should be about thinking, learning, and self-criticism. But issues such as diversity are often viewed as just exercises in political correctness. That's a fundamental mistake, especially at a university such as UCLA. My vision is to reframe questions of equity, diversity and inclusion as less about political orthodoxy and more about grand intellectual challenges.