Min Yu

Min  Yu
Assistant Professor - Social Studies Education
Office Location: 223 Education Building

Office Hours: By Appointment

Office Phone: (313) 577-0990
Fax: (313) 577-4091

  • 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


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

Area Of Expertise

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

Research Interests

My research focuses on how changing social, political, and economic conditions affect teachers and schools serving migrant and immigrant families and communities. My ongoing line of inquiry explores the relationships between home, community, and school. I am particularly concerned with teachers' identities and experiences working with migrant/immigrant children in addition to their facilitation of student learning. My scholarship is situated within the fields of social studies teacher education and curriculum studies, and informed by my work in comparative and international education. I use ethnography, along with archival research and policy analysis, to develop a critical understanding of the politics of citizenship with attention to historical and contemporary social dynamics and the role of community organization in the contexts of globalization and transnational migration.

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


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),

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

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.

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

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.

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, edited by Lapan, Quartaroli and Riemer.
Compton-Lilly, C., Zamzow, L., Cheng, Y., *Yu, M.*, Durón, A., Goralski-Cumbajin, B., Hagerman, D., & Quast, E. 2015 Educational Action Research, 23 (1),

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),

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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