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Rebecca Clothey - Drexel University Associate Professor for MS in Global and International Education and MS in Higher Education

Rebecca Clothey, PhD


PhD, University of Pittsburgh, School of Education
MA, American University, School of International Service
BA, University of Pittsburgh, College of Arts and Sciences

Program Affiliation

MS, Higher Education
MS, Global and International Education
BA, Global Studies
Books and monographs:
  • 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.
  • Clothey, R.; Worden, R.; Savada, A., and Zhang, M. (1996). China in the Twenty-first Century: Implications for Open Source Research. Washington DC: Library of Congress Federal Research Division.
  • Jin, L., Clothey, R. & McCommons, B. Implementing Effective Internships: A Case Study of Work-Integrated Learning in a Chinese Undergraduate University. Front Educ China15, 482–504 (2020). 
  • 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 (for special issue celebrating 200th anniversary of Marc Antoine Jullien’s Plan for Comparative Education) 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. (2016). “Community Cultural Wealth: Uyghurs, Social Networks and Education.” Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education, 10(3): 127-140. DOI: 10.1080/15595692.2015.1111205. 
  • Clothey, R. (2016). Increasing Diversity in International Education: Programming for Non-traditional students through an alternative curriculum model.  International Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, 8(1): 22-35.
  • 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. and McKinlay, E. (2012). “A Space for the Possible: Globalization and English Language Learning for Tibetan Students in China.” Asian Highlands Perspectives. 21:7-32. (Chinese translation also forthcoming: 可能性的空间:全球化与中国藏族学生的英语学习) 
  • Clothey, R. (2011). “Opportunities and Obstacles: Technology’s Potential for Expanding Access to Higher Education. Excellence in Higher Education. 2, 51-58.
  • Clothey, R. and Austin-Li, S. (2010). Building a Sense of Community through Online Video. International Journal of Web-Based Communities: Special Issue on “Web Based Research Networks and Learning Communities” 6(3), pp. 303-316.
  • Clothey, R.; Mills, M. and Baumgarten, J. (2010, March). A closer look at the impact of globalization on science education. Cultural Studies of Science Education: Special Issue on “Globalization,” 5:305-313.
  • Clothey, R. (2008). Economic Dualities: Expanding Opportunities through Distance Education. Journal of the World Universities Forum, Vol. 1 (5). Vancouver, B.C.: Common Ground.
  • Clothey, R. (August, 2005). China’s policies for ethnic minority studies: Negotiating national values and ethnic identities. Comparative Education Review. (vol. 49, no. 3, pp. 389-409).

Book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and other work:

  • Clothey, R. (2015). “ICT and Indigenous Education: Emerging Challenges and Potential Solutions,” pp. 63-76 in Jacob, J., Sheng Yao Cheng, and M. Porter (Eds.) Indigenous Education: Language, Culture and Identity.  New York: Springer. 
  • Clothey, R. (2013). “Central University for Nationalities,” solicited contribution to Qiang, Z. (Ed.) Education in China: An Encyclopedic Handbook of Educational History, Models, and Initiatives. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing.
  • Clothey, R.; Austin-Li, S. and Weidman, J. (2012). Introduction: Education, ICT, and International Development, pp. 1-16 in Clothey, R.; Austin-Li, S. and Weidman, J. (Eds.) Post-secondary education and technology: a global perspective on opportunities and obstacles to development. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Clothey, R. (2012). Globalization, Decentralization and Equity: Post-secondary English Language Policy in China, pp. 163-182, in C. Acedo (ed.). Quality and Qualities: Tensions between Global and Local in Education Reforms. Comparative and International Education: A Diversity of Voices Series. Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
  • Clothey, R. (2012). Internationalisation of Higher Education Institutions in China: Two Universities: Two Approaches, In Coverdale-Jones, T. (Ed.) Transnational Higher Education in Asia. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Clothey, R. (2012). “Educational Diversity in Inner Asia,” solicited contribution to Banks, J. (Ed). Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. London: SAGE Publications.
  • Clothey, R. (2010). Current Trends in Higher Education: Expanding Access in Asia Pacific through Technology. Comparative & International Higher Education, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 3–5.
  • Higher education policy
  • Comparative and international education
  • Equity and access
  • Informal and non-formal learning
  • Community based schools
  • Education in China
  • Drexel University, School of Education
  • CET Academic Programs
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • RAND Corporation
  • Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe: Mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Southwest Jiaotong University (Chengdu, China)
  • Westinghouse Science and Technology Center


  • “Challenges, Opportunities, and Best Practices for Internationally Administered Education Master’s Programs.” Invited presentation at Loyola University’s School of Education in Chicago, IL, February 2012.
  • “Why China in the Twenty-first Century?” (Invited as featured speaker) at Marywood University, Scranton, PA, April 12, 2012.
  • “Internationalization of higher education institutions in China: Toward world-class status.” (presented at the Comparative and International Education Society annual meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 22, 2012.)
  • Clothey, R. (2009, March). Globalization and English language policy for linguistic minorities in China. Comparative and International Education Society. Charleston, SC.
  • Clothey, R. and Austin-Li (2008, November). Building Virtual Communities: It Takes a Global Village. Asia-Pacific Conference on International Education. Shanghai, China.
  • Clothey, R. and Schmitt, C. (2008, June). Education in Motion: Innovating with iPods. World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2008. Vienna, Austria. (Paper published in conference proceedings.)
  • Clothey, R. (2008, January). Economic Dualities: Expanding Opportunities through Distance Education. World Universities Forum. Davos, Switzerland.
  • Clothey, R. and Austin-Li, S. (2009, July). The Amazing Technicolor Symposium: Video-enabling an Online Conference. Industry webinar hosted by Netbriefings.
  • Clothey, R. (2008, July). Enhancing Distance Education with Multimedia: Lessons for Building a Results-Oriented, Successful Business Model for Adult Distance Education. Invited Lecturer. 8th Annual Wainhouse Research Collaboration Summit, Boston, MA.
  • Clothey, R. (2008, February). From Everest to Rushmore: An English language Program for Tibetans in China. Invited Lecturer. International Café, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Clothey, R. (2007, April). Education for Tibetans in China: Issues, Challenges, and Alternatives. Invited lecturer. St. Vincent’s College, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Clothey, R. (2004, May). China: Human rights and ethnic minorities. A perspective on language and education rights. Invited lecturer. Webster University, St. Louis, MO.
  • Clothey, R. (2004, February). China’s ethnic minorities and higher education: Policies, identities, and implications. Invited lecturer. Florida State University, School of Education, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department.  


  • Co-editor (with Professor Teng Xing of Minzu University, Beijing) of a special issue of the journal Frontiers of Education in China on ‘Education and cultural diversity in China’s society.’ The journal, published by Springer, is one of the only academic journals published in English in China.
  • “Educational Diversity in Inner Asia,” solicited contribution to Banks, J. (Ed). Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. London: SAGE Publications (forthcoming).
  • “Central University for Nationalities,” solicited contribution to Qiang, Z. (Ed.) Education in China: An Encyclopedic Handbook of Educational History, Models, and Initiatives. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing (forthcoming).

Rebecca Clothey is a professor of Education with a joint appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages. Her research interests include international education and education policy, issues of ethnicity, and community driven education initiatives in China, the U.S., and Turkey. She has published on these topics in such journals as Comparative Education Review, Higher Education Policy, and Asian Ethnicity, among others.

Dr. Clothey has a passion for international education that began when she attended an international boarding school while in middle school in Tamil Nadu, South India. Outside of the United States, she has lived for an extended period 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 received grants for her research from Fulbright (one to China and one to Uzbekistan), from the Spencer Foundation, from ARIT-NEH, and from the Drexel Social Science Research Fund, among others. 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). She is currently the Director of Drexel’s Global Studies Program. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Clothey worked in study abroad in China, and in elections training at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Sarajevo, Bosnia.