Min Yu

Min  Yu
Assistant Professor, Social Studies Education

213 Education Building

Office Hours: By Appointment

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


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


External Grants
Consortium of Huamnities Centers and Institutes (CHCI)-Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (CCKF) Summer Institute in Chinese Studies and Global Humanities, $50,000 (2018-2019)
Space in Two Cities, Detroit and Shenyang
Haiyong Liu, Yunshuang Zhang, Min Yu, Bo Shen, Yuning Wu, Yumin Sheng, Tam Perry

Internal Grants
University Research Grant, $10,000 (2018-2019)
Educating Left-behind Children in Transnational Migrant Families



Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • The Discursive Politics of Education Policy in China: the Case of Educating Migrant Children.
    Yu, M., & Crowley, C. B. (in press). The China Quarterly