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Jerry Kang is Distinguished Professor of Law and Asian American Studies and was the inaugural Korea Times – Hankook Ilbo Endowed Chair for Law and Korean American Studies (2010-20). He graduated magna cum laude from both Harvard College (physics) and Harvard Law School, where he was a supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review. After clerking for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, he started his professorship at UCLA in 1995. A leading scholar on implicit bias and critical race studies, Professor Kang collaborates broadly across disciplines and industries on scholarly, educational, and advocacy projects. An inspiring teacher, he has received UCLA’s highest recognition: the Eby Art of Teaching Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2020, he stepped down as UCLA’s Founding Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion after completing a five year mission to “build equity for all.” In 2021, he was nominated by President Joe Biden to serve on the National Council on the Humanities.

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