My scholarly interests are focused on issues of global citizenship, elite education, international (im)mobility and migration and political economy of global cities. I am exploring the convergence and divergence of the global and the local when it comes to the mechanisms of inequality in education, migration, and access to urban infrastructure.

My book project, “Destination Diploma: How Chinese Upper-Middle Class Families ‘Outsource’ Secondary Education to the United States,” tells a story of a transnational intergenerational class-making project through “outsourcing” elite education, and documents the identity formation, trajectories, and aspirations of teenage student migrants—the “parachute generation”–amid the global uncertainties of geopolitical tensions and an ongoing pandemic. It engages with a triple analytical framework of transnational elite education, the rising global middle class, and the ongoing negotiation of citizenship, membership, and identities across borders.


Tu, Siqi. (Under Contract, Columbia University Press). Destination Diploma: How Chinese Upper-MiddleClass Families “Outsource” Secondary Education to the United States.

Atterberry, Adrienne Lee, Derrace Garfield McCallum, Siqi Tu, and Amy Lutz. (Guest editors; Forthcoming, Emerald Group Publishing). Children and Youths’ Transnational Mobility in an Ever- Changing Global Landscape. (Sociological Studies of Children and Youth Vol: 29.)

Recent publication:

Siqi Tu. 2021. “In search of the ‘best’ option: American private secondary education for upper-middle-class Chinese teenagers.” Current Sociology.

Elliott-Negri, Luke, Siqi Tu, Wenjuan Zheng, and Mary Clare Lennon. 2021. “Hope, Emotional Charges, and Online Action: An Experimental Study of the DREAM Act.”, Social Problems.

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

Other projects:

The Local Implementation of the DACA program

I worked as a research assistant for this project from fall 2015 to 2019. 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.

Center for Migration Studies’ Democratizing Data Initiative

I worked 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