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About the Associate Director

Dr. Henan Cheng is the associate director of the Center on Chinese Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has also been an adjunct professor in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College since 2012. Her primary research interests include international and comparative education, educational development and equity issues in China, especially issues related to education of ethnic minorities and children of migrants. Dr. Cheng’s publications on education of migrant children have been cited in national and international media outlets including Time MagazineHuffington PostHechinger Report, and Reference News.

Dr. Cheng has extensive interdisciplinary experience and training. In addition to teaching at various universities in China and the United States., Dr. Cheng has been actively involved in educational development work at a number of international organizations over the past fifteen years, including Boston-based Tibet Poverty Alleviation Fund, the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), and the Yale-China Association. Dr. Cheng holds degrees in automotive engineering and economics from Chongqing University and the University of International Business and Economics respectively, an Ed.M. from Boston University, and a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University.