Nathan Chan Profile

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Our department welcomes one of our newest professors, Dr. Nathan Chan, who teaches Empirical Approaches, Public Opinion, and Race and Political Behavior. Attending undergrad at UCLA, Chan decided to pursue political science due to his familial connection to Hong Kong. The democracy protests sparked his interest in what motivates people to participate in politics and his passion for the political world. Before deciding on political science, Chan had legal aspirations and worked as in legal aid for AmeriCorps, providing legal information for underserved minority litigants. Chan also worked as a public policy coordinator, where he organized public forums for elected officials and constituents to discuss urgent public policy issues.

At LMU, Chan emphasizes time and energy management. Having a short- and long-term plan and prioritizing your mental health is crucial. Chan adds that transparency with professors can go a long way. He is inspired by LMU students for their intellectual curiosity and drive in and outside class in their extracurricular activities and professional aspirations.

In his free time, Chan enjoys watching Survivor and Korean dramas. In another universe, he would teach a group fitness and wellness class. Chan imparts this to us: Balance is key, so make sure to enjoy college and develop meaningful connection with your peers.