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Chenyu Wang

Chenyu Wang
Chenyu Wang

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Kirner-Johnson 242

Chenyu Wang is an anthropologist of education. She is broadly interested in the intersection of politics and ethics through student activism and education reform efforts. Her first project considers the ways in which young people in China practice out-of-school programs for social change and its moral implication, and she is working on a second project on the experience of student activism in predominantly White colleges.

Her other research and teaching interests include the discourse of "diversity and inclusion", critical pedagogy in global contexts, and comparative education.

Before joining Hamilton College, Wang was a research associate at the Center for Race and Public Education in the South at the University of Virginia, and she currently continues her work as a research affiliate with the Teachers in the Movement Project housed at UVA. At Hamilton, Wang teaches introductory courses in education studies, as well as courses on the anthropology of education, race, and international development.

Recent Courses Taught

  • Globalization and Education
  • Brown v. What? Race and Education in the United States
  • Ethnography and Education
  • The University
  • Anthropology of Education
  • Issues in Education

Select Publications

  • Review of The Good Child: Moral Socialization in a Chinese Pre-school. In Anthropology of Education Quarterly, 2018.  
  • “Who are ‘long-term English learners’? Using classroom interactions to deconstruct a manufactured learner label.” Kibler, A., Futch, V., Karem, F., Bergery, R., Wang, C. and Molly Elreda, L. Applied Linguistics, 1-26. doi:10.1093/applin/amw039, 2017.
  • “Are WE the world? A critical reflection on selfhood and global citizenship education.” Wang, C. & Hoffman, D. M. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 24(56), 2016.
  • “Best practice(s)? The Cultural Discourse of Developmentalism in American Early Education: A Cross-Cultural Comparison.” Hoffman, D. and Wang, C. In Schmidt, P. (Eds.), Reconceptualizing Literary in the New Age of Multiculturalism and Pluralism. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2015. 
  • “Images of “Model Minority” in Print Media and the Inclusion and Exclusion of Asian-Americans.” Wang, C. New Waves - Educational Research and Development, 17(2), 25-44, 2014. 

Professional Experience

American Anthropological Association
American Educational Research Association
Comparative and International Education Society 
History of Education Society

Appointed to the Faculty: 2019

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Virginia
M.A., University of Maryland, College Park
B.A., University of International Relations

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