Haco  Hoang

Haco Hoang, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science

(805) 493-3433
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.  Her research interests include civic engagement and environmental justice.

Dr. Hoang teaches courses related to international relations, global studies, and public policy. She was also a policy analyst in Los Angeles on education and budget issues, and has been 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.

From 2011-2013, Dr. Hoang was awarded a major research grant from the California Wellness Foundation titled "Promoting Environmental Justice in Oxnard: Integrating Science Into Civic Engagement."  In 2013, Dr. Hoang and her research collaborators were awarded a second major research grant for a project titled "Measuring the Impact of Pesticide Exposure on Neurobehavarial Outcomes in Ventura County, CA."  The project resulted in several professional and academic presentations, and peer-reviewed publications in The Journal of Science in Society and Journal of Business and Economics.


Ph.D., Political Science, Boston University

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


Civic engagement

Environmental justice

public policy




Selected Academic Publications

"Mitigating Barriers to Civic Engagement for Low-Income, Minority Youth Ages 13-18: Best Practices from Environmental Youth Conferences." Journal of Youth Development. Volume 8 Number 3 (2013) 

“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)

Grant Funding

California Wellness Foundation grant, 2011-2013 ($150,000) for "Promoting Environmental Justice in Oxnard, California: Integrating Science Into Civic Engagement" with Dr. Grady Hanrahan (Chemistry)


California Wellness Foundation, 2013-2014 ($100,000) for "Measuring the Impact of Pesticide Exposure on Neurobehavarial Outcomes in Ventura County, California" with Dr. Grady Hanrahan (Chemistry) and Dr. Rachel Casas (Graduate Psychology)

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