My scholarly interests are focused on issues of global citizenship, elite education, international migration and contemporary Chinese societies.

My dissertation, "Destination Diploma: How Chinese Upper-Middle Class Families 'Outsource' Secondary Education to the United States," illustrates the construction of a transnational elite narrative and the inherent uncertainties of transnationalism through the lens of urban upper-middle-class Chinese parents and their children. I investigate why and how Chinese urban upper-middle-class families make educational decisions to send only children as young as fourteen to the United States for private high schools, and the actual lived experiences of students who come alone to the United States, the so-called “parachute generation.”

Recent publication: Tu, Siqi. 2018. “Shanghai’s West Bund Cultural Corridor Exemplifies the Opportunities and Risks of State-Driven Cultural Development”, Metropolitics, 8 May.

See below for other projects I have been working on.

The Local Implementation of the DACA program

I work as a research assistant for this project since fall 2015. Funded for three years (2014-2017) by the National Science Foundation Law & Social Sciences Program (SES-1353889), this project uses a comparative case study approach to examine the role that distinct local actors are playing in the implementation of DACA in four central cities: Houston, New York City, San Francisco, and San Jose.

Link to the project website

Center for Migration Studies's Democratizing Data Initiative

I used to work with CMS to compile estimates on the size and characteristics of the US unauthorized and naturalization-eligible populations at national, state and sub-state levels.

Link to the data website

GC Immigration Working Group

I serve as co-chair of GC Immigration Working Group since 2015. We hosted monthly working paper workshop series to share our research on immigration.

Link to the group website