Thai V. Le


Thai (he/him) earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, where his research focused on issues of social equity. Thai is currently the Turpanjian Postdoctoral Fellow in Civil Society and Social Change at the Equity Research Institute. As a mixed-methods researcher, Dr. Le utilizes statistical models, ethnographic practices, and spatial tools to study a range of issues, including naturalization outcomes, regressive and discriminatory local financing practices, the digital divide, emotional justice, and burnout among public sector workers. In uplifting social equity and intersectionality, his research also disaggregates data to elevate the narratives of marginalized and minoritized communities. Thai’s postdoctoral work takes a mixed-methods approach in exploring the immigrant integration landscape in California to identify strategies in mobilizing and organizing hard-to-reach immigrant populations. In addition to producing research that contributes to positive social change, Thai’s primary goal as an activist and scholar is to teach students foundational skills that will prepare them to advocate for a just society centering equity.