Min Yu

Min  Yu
Assistant Professor, Social Studies Education

Office Location: 213 Education Building

Office Hours: By Appointment

Office Phone: (313) 577-0990

  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Policy Studies
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A., Curriculum and Instruction 
    Beijing Normal University
  • B.A., Chinese Language and Literature 
    Beijing Normal University


American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division B: Curriculum Studies
Program Section Co-Chair (Section 4, 2014-2016)
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division B: Curriculum Studies
Communication Officer (2016-2017)

Area Of Expertise

Migration/Immigration and Education, Curriculum Studies, Comparative and International Education, Social Studies Teacher Education

Research Interests

My research focuses on how changing social, political, and economic conditions affect the education of children from migrant and immigrant families and communities. My ongoing line of inquiry explores the relationships between home, school, and community with attention to historical and contemporary contexts of transnational migration. I am particularly interested in how migrant and immigrant communities mobilize resources to support their children’s education both inside and outside of school. My scholarship is situated within the fields of curriculum studies and comparative and international education. I use ethnography, along with archival research and policy analysis, to develop critical understandings of the impact of broader social structures on the experiences of migrant and immigrant children and the role of community organization for education equity.

Courses Taught

  • ELE 6600 Social Studies Curriculum: P-8
  • TED 7000 Introductory Master's Seminar
  • ED 7999 Terminal Master's Seminar and Essay or Project

Awards & Honors

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division B: Curriculum Studies 
Outstanding Book Recognition Award


Rethinking Migrant Children Schools in China: Activism, Collective Identity, and Guanxi.
Yu, M. (2018). Comparative Education Review, 62(3)

Intersectionality in Transnational Education Policy Research.
Robert, S. A., & Yu, M. (2018). Review of Research in Education, 42(1)

Reimagining Critical Care and Problematizing Sense of School Belonging as a Response to Inequality for Immigrants and Children of Immigrants.
DeNicolo, C. P., Yu, M., Crowley, C. B., & Gabel, S. (2017). Review of Research in Education, 41(1)

Education for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in the United States in Hard Times.
He, M. F., & Yu, M. (2017). Curriculum Perspectives, 37(2)

Review of The Global Testing Culture: Shaping Education Policy, Perceptions, and Practice
Crowley, C. B., & Yu, M. (2017). Teachers College Record.

The Politics, Practices, and Possibilities of Migrant Children Schools in Contemporary China.
Yu, M. (2016). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Social Movements and Educational Change in China.
Yu, M. (2016). In Lim, L. & Apple, M. W. (Eds.), The Strong State and Curriculum Reform. New York, NY: Routledge.

The Education of Ethnic Minorities in The People’s Republic of China.
He, M. F., & Yu, M. (2016). In Sharpes, D.K. (Ed.), Handbook on Comparative and International Studies in Education. Charlotte, NC: IAP.

Review of Teaching Comparative Education: Trends and Issues Informing Practice.
Yu, M., & Crowley, C. B. (2016). Teachers College Record.

Revisiting Gender and Class in Urban China: Undervalued Work of Migrant Teachers and Their Resistance.
Yu, M. (2015). Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, 9(2)

Teacher As Cultural Workers.
Knoester, M., & Yu, M. (2015). In He, M. F., Schultz, B. D., & Schubert, W. H. (Eds.) The SAGE Guide to Curriculum in Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Review of Qualitative Research: An introduction to methods and design.
Compton-Lilly, C., Zamzow, L., Cheng, Y., Yu, M., Durón, A., Goralski-Cumbajin, B., Hagerman, D., & Quast, E. (2015). Educational Action Research, 23(1)

History, Struggle, and the Social Influence of Migrant Children Schools in Contemporary China.
Yu, M. (2012). In Knoester, M. (Ed.) International Struggles for Critical Democratic Education. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

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