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About Jennifer Adams

Jennifer Adams is an associate professor in global international education at Drexel University School of Education. She is also the co-director Drexel's newly established China Center. Her research, building on longstanding interests in education, social inequality, and Chinese society, investigates the effects of poverty, social change and educational policy on the educational experiences and general well-being of children and adolescents in China. Since 1998, she has worked on the Gansu Survey of Children and Families, a longitudinal research project that investigates family, school, and community factors that support children’s education and healthy development in rural, northwest China. Her most recent papers investigate the educational experiences of the children of migrant workers in China, rural boarding schools, and rural teachers. Her research has been funded by several foundations including the Spencer Foundation and the Economic and Social Research Council.
Dr. Adams received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. She was an assistant professor at Stanford University School of Education 2006-2013. Dr. Adams spent more than a decade living in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong as a university student, primary school teacher, and school director. She teaches graduate courses in international education and development, international educational policymaking, educational evaluation, survey research, and quantitative research methods.
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