Spring 2019

Asian Americans and Affirmative Action

Listed in: , as COLQ-349


Patricia J. Bachand (Section 01)
Franklin S. Odo (Section 01)


This research colloquium will explore the lawsuit alleging anti-Asian American admissions discrimination as a result of affirmative action policies currently pursued by Harvard College. Students will do background readings on the history of affirmative action and explore several of the major lawsuits that attempted to dismantle the policy. The focus of the semester will be on the current lawsuit: its background, principals, allegations, and directions. We will examine legal, political, intra- and inter-racial contexts, and potential outcomes in the near and long term futures as well as their broader societal implications. 

This course is part of a tutorial series that engages Amherst students in substantive research with faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

Open to sophomores and juniors interested in research. Limited to 6 students. Spring Semester. Professor Odo.

If Overenrolled: Students will be selected based on demonstrated motivation and academic preparation


Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Research


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2019