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Rebecca Clothey, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Education
Case Study Advisor
Center for Public Policy
Center for Public Policy
Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages
Office: One Drexel Plaza, Ste. 148
Phone: 215.895.5931


  • PhD, Administrative and Policy Studies, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
  • MA, International Communication, School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC
  • BA, English Writing, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests:

Higher education; international education; education policy; equity and access


Rebecca Clothey is a faculty member at Drexel University’s School of Education. Her research interests include international higher education policy, public policy and community activism, online social activism, and issues of ethnicity, equity and access. Administrative appointments have included Director of Drexel’s Higher Education program (2007 – 2010), and Director of Drexel’s Global and International Education program (2008 – 2012). Prior to moving to Philadelphia, Dr. Clothey lived in China for five years where she was based at various higher education institutions throughout the country. She speaks Mandarin and has a working knowledge of Uyghur, a Turkic language spoken in China’s northwest region of Xinjiang where her most recent research has been focused. In the past she was also seconded by the US State Department to conduct elections training for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE): Mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina. She has been awarded two Fulbright Fellowships for her research, one to China and one to Uzbekistan, and is the recent recipient of a Spencer Fellowship to study community-based schools in Argentina (with Kai Heidemann of Maastricht University). She has a PhD in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education.