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Rong, Xue Lan

Professor of Social Studies Education

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“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his or her own improvement and at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.”

– Marie Curie


Born in Hong Kong and raised in Beijing, Xue Lan Rong uses her personal and professional backgrounds to create a learning environment in which students gain knowledge, skills and civic values while exploring issues of social consciousness, international affairs and lifelong learning. Her 25-year career includes teaching, research, consultative and administrative experience in the United States and China, including six years as a K-12 literature, history and geography teacher in rural and urban areas of the People’s Republic of China.

Inspired to make a real difference in children’s lives and the society in which they live, Rong uses interdisciplinary research to explore three aspects of educational equality: the education of immigrant children of various ethnic groups; the education of Asian-American children and education in China – especially the education of migrant children in China’s urbanization movement.

Rong’s major contributions to her field include elaborations on theories that conceptualize the relationship between variable educational achievement patterns and the multiple stages of children’s socialization into American society. Her more recent studies, framed with transnational/transcultural migration theories and applying quantitative and qualitative methodologies, attempt to link the updated theories and research findings to educational policies and practices. This research seeks to provide recommendations for schools, immigrant families and their communities so they can help immigrant children adjust to school and society. On the basis of this research, Rong is expanding her research to the transition of rural-urban migrant children in China’s urbanization process, the initial responses from China’s educational systems and its short-and long-term consequences.

Educational Background

  • Ed.D. 1988 - University of Georgia at Athens, Social Science Education
  • M.A. 1984 - University of Georgia at Athens, Global Education
  • B.A. 1982 - Beijing Capital Normal University, China, Chinese Literature

Research Interests

  • Education of Immigrant Children
  • International Education Focusing on Education in China
  • Teacher Education
  • Educational Demography
  • Social and Cultural Foundations of Social Studies

Teaching Areas

  • Social Studies Methods (Grades 9-12)
  • Immigration and Education (Upper-level Graduate Course)


  • EDUC 647: Methods and Materials for Teaching Secondary/K-12 Subjects I
  • EDUC 747: Methods and Materials for Teaching Secondary/K-12 Subjects II
  • EDUC 758: Immigration and Education
  • EDUC 877: Critical Multicultural Education

Honors & Awards

  • Professional Achievement Alumni Award, College of Education, University of Georgia at Athens, 2009
  • Faculty Research Grant by University Research Council, UNC-CH, 2001, 2006

Selected Professional Affiliations

  • Advanced Studies of National Data
  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Sociological Association
  • Asian American Educational Association
  • Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education Association
  • Eastern Educational Research Association
  • National Council for Social Studies
  • North Carolina Council for Social Studies
  • Southern Regional Demographer
  • Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the United States

Public Service

  • 1999-present: International Understanding Council
  • 2005-present: Member of NC State China Partnerships Committee
  • 2005-present: Member of NC State Chinese School Partnership Committee

Selected Publications


Park, C, Endo, R., & Rong, X. L. (Eds.) (2009). New Perspectives on Asian American Parents, Students, and Teacher Recruitment. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing Inc.

Rong, X. L. & Judith Preissle (2009). Educating Immigrant Students in the 21st Century: What We Need to Know to Meet the Challenge (326 pages). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE-Corwin.

Park, C, Endo, R., Lee, S. & Rong, X. L. (Eds.) (2007). Asian American Education: Acculturation, Literacy Development, and Socialization. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing Inc.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Rong, X. L. Thorstensson, L., & Hilburn, J. (In Press). Working with Immigrant Children of  “Undocumented” and “Mixed” Families. In B, Fennimore & A, L, Goodwin (Eds.) Promoting Social Justice for Young Children. New York: Springer Publisher

Rong, X. L. & Fitchett, P. (2008). Socialization and Identity Transformation of Black Immigrant Youth in the United States. Theories Into Practice, 47(1), 35-42.

Rong, X. L. & Brown, F. (2007). Educational Attainment of Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Young Blacks. In S. Paik, & H. Walberg, (Ed.s) Narrowing the Achievement Gap: Strategies for Educating Latino, Black, and Asian Students (91-108). Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

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