Alexander Jun, Ph.D., is a TED speaker and the author of From Here to University: Access, Mobility, and Resilience Among Urban Latino Youth (Routledge Press, 2001). He has published extensively on issues of postsecondary access for historically underrepresented students in underserved areas, and recently completed a three-year narrative inquiry research project on the educational mobility and academic resilience of Khmer orphans, which he’s completing a book about. Jun conducts research on issues surrounding higher education globalization in the Pacific Rim, and while studying at the University of Southern California, he earned a Ford Foundation fellowship to conduct research on college preparation programs for urban youth. Jun teaches courses on diversity and social justice in higher education, comparative higher education, and qualitative research methods, and joined APU after 15 years as a faculty member and administrator at USC.
Dr. Jun received his Ph.D. in Education Administration and Policy (University of Southern California); M.S. in Higher Education Counseling (California State University, Los Angeles); and a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology (University of Southern California).
He is a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. He also participated in an assembly-wide panel discussion on race and the church at the 43rd PCA General Assembly.