Sociology Graduate Students

Ethan Ohtani Chang
  • Title
    • Ph.D. candidate
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Education Department
    • Sociology Department
    • Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • McHenry Library, EDUC 0285
  • Mail Stop Education Department

Research Interests

Critical policy analysis, education reform, civic media and digital technologies, collaborative, community-based research, ethnography.   

Biography, Education and Training

Ethan Chang is a sociologist of education and Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research examines the intersection of social inequities and education policy and centers on three interwoven strands: the politics of digital technologies and youth organizing; the role of market- and community-based organizations in shaping education politics and policymaking processes; and the relationship between advocacy leadership and school-community change. He uses critical policy analysis, institutional theory and participatory action research to analyze and advocate for educational equity.

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) Minority Dissertation Fellowship (2018-2019)
  • Barbara L. Jackson Scholars Program (2018)
  • Chancellor's Graduate Internship Program (2016-2017) 
  • Chancellor's Graduate Student Fellowship (2013-2014) 
  • Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Scholarship (2010) 


Selected Publications

Chang, E. (2018). Bridging an engagement gap: Toward equitable, community-based technology leadership practice. International Journal of Leadership in Education, DOI: 10.1080/13603124.2018.1492504

Chang, E. (2018). Digital meritocracy: Intermediary organizations and the construction of policy knowledge. Educational Policy, DOI: 10.1177/0895904818802116

Koyama, J. & Chang, E. (2018). Schools as refuge? The politics and policy of educating refugees in Arizona. Educational Policy. [Special Issue]. Politics of Education Association (PEA) Yearbook, DOI: 10.1177/0895904818807319

Teaching Interests

Issues in Educational Reform; Race, Class, & Culture in Education; Education, Media, & Society; Critical Policy Analysis; Qualitative Research Methods; Schools, Communities, & Families; Participatory Action Research.