Kathy Nakagawa is an associate professor of Asian Pacific American Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on inequality and diversity in education and the role of storytelling in social change. She is also a native Arizonan and a third-generation Japanese-American and serves on the boards of a number of community organizations, including Asian Pacific Community in Action, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum-AZ Chapter, and Space 55 Theatre.