Political Science Department

Faculty Profile

Haco Hoang, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science

Email: hhoang@callutheran.edu
Phone: (805) 493-3433
Office: Swenson 229


Dr. Haco Hoang holds a Ph.D. in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations from Boston University. She was a Fulbright Scholar and Visting Research Associate at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

Dr. Hoang teaches courses on international relations, global studies, terrorism, ethnic conflict and genocide, public policy, and women in politics. In addition to teaching at California Lutheran University, she was a policy analyst in Los Angeles on education and budget issues. She has also worked as a policy consultant on projects related to female gangs, youth civic engagement, and neighborhood councils for the City of Los Angeles. From 2006-2009, she served as the education policy consultant to promote youth environmental activism for the Million Trees Los Angeles initiative. Her policy work and research have been profiled in the Women's Policy Journal of Harvard-Kennedy School of Government, Sage Publications, Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, KCLU radio, and Ventura County Star. She has also been a speaker at various organizations including the American Association of University Women, World Affairs Council, and Los Angeles United School District. Most recently, she co-wrote an article about the globalization of gangs which focused on efforts in Los Angeles to combat transnational gangs.

From 2011-2013, Dr. Hoang was awarded a major research grant from the California Wellness Foundation with a chemistry colleague and student researchers titled "Promoting Environmental Justice in Oxnard: Integrating Science Into Civic Engagement."  In 2013, Dr. Hoang and her researcher collaborators were awarded another major research grant for a project titled "Measuring the Impact of Pesticide Exposure on Neurobehavarial Outcomes in Ventura County, CA."


Ph.D., Political Science, Boston University

B.A., Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara


International Relations

Public Policy

Civic Engagement


Selected Academic Publications

“Enhancing the Civic Capacity of Agricultural Communities.” Co-authored with Kaitlyn Noli and Michelle Vargas. Journal of Business and Economics. Volume 4 Issue 7 (2013)

“Promoting Environmental Justice Though University-Community Research Collaborations: The Case Study of Farm Workers in Oxnard, California.” Co-authored with Dr. Grady Hanrahan (Chemistry) and Kaitlyn Noli. Journal of Science in Society. Volume 4 Issue 3 (2013)

“A Multilateral Approach to the Globalization of Gangs: MS 13 and Transnational Gangs.” Co-authored with Dr. Robert Meadows. Book chapter in Visions for Change, Pearson Publications(2008)

“Designing Gender-Specific Programming: Gang Reduction Strategies for Females.” Womens Policy Journal of Harvard, John F. Kennedy School of Government: Cambridge, MA(2007)

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