Rebecca A. Clothey, PhD

Professor, School of Education; Case Study Advisor; Center for Public Policy

Office: Korman 220
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


Rebecca Clothey’s interest in international education began when she attended an international boarding school in India as a youth. She has lived on three continents, joining the faculty of Drexel University in 2006, when she was hired away from a position in Beijing, China. She served as the Director of Drexel’s Higher Education program from spring 2007 to spring 2010, and has served as the Director of Drexel’s Global and International Education program since spring 2008. Prior to moving to Philadelphia, she was the Director of Curriculum Development for CET Academic Programs based at Capital Normal University in Beijing, China. CET is a study abroad organization that offers international programs for American undergraduate and graduate students in Europe and Asia. She also previously served as the Director of CET’s Chinese Language Program, based at Capital Normal University and the Beijing Institute of Education. Clothey lived in China for five years working and researching in various higher education institutions throughout the country. She speaks Chinese and has a working knowledge of Uyghur, a Turkic language spoken in China’s northwest region of Xinjiang. In the past she also conducted elections training for the U.S. State Department in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Clothey presents internationally on the topics of higher education policy, Chinese education, and equity and access in higher education. She has been awarded two Fulbright Fellowships for her research, one to China and one to Uzbekistan. She has a PhD in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education.