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Rebecca Clothey

Rebecca Clothey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
One Drexel Plaza
Room 148

Program Affiliation:

M.S., Higher Education


Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, School of Education
M.A., American University, School of International Service
B.A., University of Pittsburgh, College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests:

  • Higher education access and equity
  • China’s preferential policies
  • Technology use for expanding educational access

Professional Experience:

  • 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).



  • Clothey, Rebecca, Stacy Austin-Li, and John C. Weidman (eds.) (in press). “Post-secondary education and technology: global perspectives on obstacles and opportunities to development.” New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Clothey, R. (in press). “Globalization, Decentralization, and Equity: Post-Secondary English Language Policy.” In China, In C. Acedo, D. Adams, and S. Popa (Eds.). 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. (forthcoming). “ICT and Indigenous Education: Emerging Challenges and Potential Solutions,” In Jacob, J., Sheng Yao Cheng, and M. Porter (Eds.) Indigenous Education: Language, Culture and Identity. New York: Springer.
  • 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).