Long Bui

Long Bui, global and international studies associate professor, has been named the UCI faculty recipient of the 2023 Tom Angell Fellowship. Awarded by the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the honor recognizes Bui’s dedication to student success.

Since arriving on campus as a member of the faculty in 2018, Bui has become an active advocate and advisor for a number of student and faculty programs working to advance diversity and inclusion. His long list of activities includes serving as a DECADE mentor for graduate students and as faculty director of UCI’s Center for Racial Justice. The anti-racist work of the center includes advisory duties for the Diversity, Inclusion, & Racial Healing Ambassador (DIRHA) program, a partnership with local high schools that helps students examine and overcome often-unconscious beliefs created by racism, and the Deconstructing Diversity Initiative (DDI) that trains UCI students to practice diversity in their communities. He’s also a campus director of the First-Generation Faculty Initiative which helps first-gen faculty and students connect and succeed at the university.

He's the faculty director – and proud alumnus - of the School of Social Sciences Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP), a five-week intensive program that equips first-gen undergrads with graduate-level research skills. He serves on the committee for LIFTED, a degree program that’s establishing a pipeline for formerly incarcerated students to transfer to UCI, and he previously served as faculty advisor to the Prison Education Project in which UCI students are trained to tutor and teach individuals who are incarcerated. He is also a certified part of Vet Ally, a program designed to build safe spaces for veteran students. And he serves on the Academic Senate’s Council on Educational Policy where he takes pride in representing students of color and first-gen students.

In 2022, he was recognized as the UCI Lauds and Laurels Academic Senate Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Service recipient, an honor that highlights the less seen but critical service work faculty perform as mentors, program directors and committee leaders.

As a member of the UCI faculty, he’s authored over a dozen essays and two books, Returns of War: South Vietnam and Price of Refugee Memory (2018), and Model Machines: A History of the Asian as Automaton (2022). And in addition to his many service activities, he teaches undergraduate courses on gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity where his direct style is a hit with students.

Beyond campus, he’s an editor for the Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association through which he helps bring attention to the local Vietnamese community.

Bui was among the award recipients honored at the annual Mentoring for Achievement and Excellence dinner held on April 18.


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