Siqi Tu is a postdoctoral research fellow of social science at the Center for Applied Social and Economic Research at NYU Shanghai and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Her works focus on issues of global citizenship, elite education, international (im)mobility and migration and political economy of global cities. She explores 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. Her book project, Destination Diploma: How Chinese Upper-Middle Class Families ‘Outsource’ Secondary Education to the United States (under contract with Columbia University Press), investigates why and how Chinese upper-middle-class families made educational decisions to send their children as young as fourteen to the United States for private high schools. She also co-edited a book, Children and Youths’ Transnational Mobility in an Ever-Changing Global Landscape (published in 2022 by Emerald), as part of her broader research frame on connecting scholars who work on youths’ transnational mobility. Dr. Tu is an assistant editor of the Journal of International Students. Her publication and book reviews appear in Current Sociology, Social Problems, Journal on Migration and Human Security, City and Community, Contemporary Sociology, and Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.