Jinting Wu is Assistant Professor of Educational Culture, Policy and Society. She is an educational anthropologist with an interest in philosophy and cultural studies. Her research often deploys ethnographic field methods to critically investigate relationships among schooling, society, and culture; it also examines educational policy shifts both as lived experiences and as reflecting the larger spheres of cultural ideation, social (re)production, nation building and globalization. Recent projects have involved study of rural minority education, child disabilities and special education, immigrant youth and families, and educational meritocracy on the global stage. Prior to joining the GSE faculty, she worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Macau (SAR, China) and was a postdoctoral fellow of educational sciences at the University of Luxembourg.
Education and Training:
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Educational Policy Studies; Curriculum & Instruction
MEd, Boston University, International Development Education
BA, Shanghai International Studies University, English Language and Literature
Awards and Honors:
Henry Luce/ACLS Early Career Fellowship in China Studies; Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies; 2020-03-30;
The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy Research Grant “Disability Segregation in an Age of Inclusion: Navigating Educational Pathways through Special Education Schools in Contemporary China.”; University at Buffalo; 2019-05-21;
2018 Asian Studies Program Small Research Award, “Special Pupils in Special Schools: Disability, Education, and the Making of Inequality in Contemporary China.”; University at Buffalo; 2018-03-08;
2018 Early Career Award; Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association; 2018-02-28;
2017 Outstanding Book Award; Society of Professors of Education; 2017-03-31;
Wu, Jinting. (2020). Mothering Special Children: Negotiating Gender, Disability, and Special Education in Contemporary China. Harvard Educational Review, 90(1): 26-48.
Wu, Jinting. (2019). Transnational Strategies and Lifelong Learning in the Shadow of Citizenship: Chinese Migrants in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 38(1): 88-102.
Wu, J. (2018). Performing the Nation, Performing the Market: Hybrid Practices and Negotiated Meanings of Chinese Rural Teachers. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 49 (4): 428-443.
Wu, J., Eaton, P., Robinson-Morris, D., Wallace, M.F.G. & Han. S. (2018). Perturbing Possibilities in the Post Qualitative Turn: Lessons from Taoism and Ubuntu. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 31 (6): 504-519.
Wu, Jinting. (2018). The Uneven Work of Sustainability: Schooling, Tourism, and Rural Development in Southwest China. In Routledge International Handbook of Schools and Schooling in Asia, pp.693-708. Eds. Kerry J. Kennedy and John Chi-Kin Lee. New York: Routledge.
Wu, J. (July 2019). “Chinese Education System: Meritocracy, Hybridity, Social Inequality.” Presented at the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) Seminar for Teachers. Confucius Institute, University at Buffalo.;
Wu, J. (June 2020). “Mothering Special Children: Negotiating Gender, Disability, and Special Education in Contemporary China.” Invited Presentation at Harvard-Yenching Education Workshop on “Unequal Childhoods in China: Youth Schooling and the Intersectionality of Gender, Class, and Ethnicity.” Yenching Institute, Harvard University.;
Wu, J. (Oct. 2018). “A Hierarchy of Aspirations Within a Field of Educational Possibilities: The Futures of Chinese Immigrant Youth in Luxembourg.” Presented at the Asia-Pacific Talent and Knowledge Mobilities Symposium, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.;
Wu, J. (November 2019). “Navigating the Educational Pathway: Intergenerational Dynamics and Transcultural Negotiations of Immigrant Chinese in Luxembourg.” Paper accepted by the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada. (Unable to attend due to pregnancy travel restrictions).;
Wu, J. (Oct. 2018). “Transnational Strategies in the Shadow of Citizenship: Chinese Migrants in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.” The 25th Biennial Canadian Ethnic Studies Association Conference: Immigration, Ethnic Mobilities, and Diasporic Communities in a Transnational World. Banff, Alberta, Canada.;
Disability Segregation in an Age of Inclusion: Navigating Educational Pathways through Special Education Schools in Contemporary China; Local; Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy; Awarded; (06/01/2019-12/31/2020)
Editorial and Review:
I joined the editorial board of the International Studies in Sociology of Education 09/12/2017-
I served on the Outstanding Book Award Committee, Division B, American Educational Research Association 11/01/2017-03/01/2018
I served as an invited panelist for the Webinar Series “Discussing Comics and the Notions of the Human,” Post Foundational Approaches to CIES Special Interest Group, Comparative and International Education Society. The panel was held as a conversation with Dr. Elizabeth De Freitas (Manchester Metropolitan University), Dr. Daniel Friedrich (Teachers College, Columbia University), Dr. Jinting Wu (University at Buffalo), and Dr. Susanne Ress (Humboldt University of Berlin). 09/29/2017-
Editorial Board Member; International Studies in Sociology of Education 09/18/2017-11/01/2019
Editorial Board Member; European Education 08/03/2015-05/31/2020
Editorial Board Member; Policy Futures in Education 09/01/2014-05/31/2020
Editorial Board Member; International Journal of Comparative Education and Development 05/01/2014-05/31/2020