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Rebecca Clothey, associate professor of education, Drexel University

Rebecca A. Clothey, PhD

Professor and Department Head
Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages
Office: Academic Building, 312
Phone: 215.895.5931


  • PhD, International Development in Education Program, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
  • MA, International Communication, American University, 1994
  • BA, English, University of Pittsburgh, 1991

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Comparative and international education
  • Immigration and education
  • Non-formal schooling
  • Language and identity


Rebecca Clothey, PhD, is Professor and Department Head, Global Studies and Modern Languages at Drexel University with a joint appointment as Professor in the Drexel School of Education. Dr. Clothey's research interests explore the intersections of international education and education policy, issues of ethnicity, and community driven education initiatives in China, the U.S., and Turkey. Clothey's passion for international education began while she attended an international boarding school in Tamil Nadu, South India – and ever since then, her global interests have continued to expand. In addition to the United States, she has lived for extended periods in India, China, Turkey, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. She has traveled frequently to China since 1993, where she lived off and on for almost six years.

Dr. Clothey has been awarded grants for her research from Fulbright, including one to China and one to Uzbekistan; the Spencer Foundation; ARIT-NEH; and the Drexel Social Science Research Fund among others. She is a 2021-2022 recipient of the Drexel University Provost Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Scholarly Achievement.

Selected Publications:


  • Clothey, R. (2022) “Education and the Global Politics of Cultural Survival for Uyghur Immigrants in Turkey”. Journal of Language, Identity, and Education.  (published online first). DOI: 10.1080/15348458.2022.2045202.
  • Clothey, R. and Meloche, A.* (2021). Don’t Lose Your Moustache: Community and Cultural Identity on the Uyghur Internet in China. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and PowerAdvanced online publication:
  • Clothey, R. and McCommons, B.* (2021). Uyghur Students in Higher Education in the USA: Trauma and Adaptation Challenges." Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education. Advanced online publication:
  • Li, J., Clothey, R., and McCommons, B.* (2020). Implementing effective internships: A case study of work integrated learning in a Chinese undergraduate university. Frontiers of Education in China, 15(3): 482–504. {winner of ‘best research in education’ by the Department of Education of Henan Province in China}
  • Clothey, R. (2017).The Internet as a Tool for Informal Education: A Case of Uyghur Language Websites” Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education (Special issue: The legacy of Jullien’s work for comparative education: A special issue commemorating the 200-year anniversary of Jullien’s publication), 47(3): 344-358.  DOI: 10.1080/03057925.2017.1281103.
  • Clothey, R. and Koku, E. (2017). “Oppositional Culture, Cultural Preservation and Everyday Resistance on the Uyghur Internet.” Asian Ethnicity, 18(3): 351-370. DOI: 10.1080/14631369.2016.1158636.
  • Clothey, R., Koku, E., Erkin, E. and Emat, H. (2016). “A Voice for the Voiceless: Online Social Activism in Uyghur Language Blogs and State Control of the Internet in China.” Information, Communication, and Society, 19(6): 858-874. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2015.1061577.
  • Clothey, R. and Hu, D.Y. (2015). “The Impact of a National Goal Driven Higher Education Policy on an Ethnic Minority Serving Institution in China.” Higher Education Policy, 28, 353-368. DOI: 10.1057/hep.2014.15.
  • Clothey, R. (2005). China’s policies for ethnic minority studies: Negotiating national values and ethnic identities. Comparative Education Review. 49(3): 389-409.

Edited books

  • Clothey, R. and Dilworth, R. (Eds). (2020). China’s Urban Future and The Quest for Stability. Montreal, Canada: McGill-Queen’s University Press. (McGill-Queen’s Studies in Urban Governance).
  • Clothey, R. and Heidemann, K. (Eds.). (2019). Another Way: Decentralization, Democratization and the Global Politics of Community-Based Schooling. Leiden, the Netherlands: Brill/Sense Publishers (University of Pittsburgh studies in Comparative Education book series).
  • Clothey, R., Austin-Li, S., and Weidman, J., (Eds.) (2012). Post-secondary education and technology: a global perspective on opportunities and obstacles to development. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. (International and Development Education Book Series).