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Pursuing Competitive Advantage: Neoliberalism, Globalization, and “Elite” Education in China

September 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Dr. Shuning Liu, Ball State University

Shuning Liu, Assistant Professor of Curriculum Studies, Ball State University
479 Baldy Hall, University at Buffalo North Campus

This talk discusses socially elite Chinese students’ educational pathway from international programs created by elite public high schools in China to prestigious universities in the U.S. Through looking at how neoliberal policies are taken up on the ground at a particular school and by a rising Chinese elite class, Dr. Liu addresses how her research integrates critical curriculum studies with educational policy studies to explore the complexity of socially-elite Chinese students’ choices of and their subsequent educational experiences with “public” international high-school programs in China.

Shuning Liu, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Curriculum Studies at Teachers College, Ball State University. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her primary research interests are in the areas of critical curriculum studies, critical policy analysis, social theory, international education, globalization and education, and qualitative inquiry. Her current research projects involve the role of international education in the formation of social elites. Her recent research work has been published as a book Neoliberalism, Globalization, and “Elite” Education in China: Becoming International (Routledge, 2020).


The Professional Development Series is made possible by support from the Gregory J. Dimitriadis, Ph.D., Dean’s Excellence Fund. Shuning Liu’s lecture is cosponsored by the UB Confucius Institute.


September 29
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


479 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260 United States