PhD in International Education

Jia-Lin Liu

Photo of Jia-Lin LiuEmail: jalin.liu@nyu.edu

Program: International Education

Research Interests: immigration and education, undocumented immigrant families, racial and ethnic minorities, the Chinese diaspora

Principal Advisor(s): Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng

Research Description/Bio:

Jia-Lin is currently a doctoral student whose dissertation research interests focuses on how documentation status can create educational and institutional exclusion for the Chinese immigrant population in the US. To shed light on the experience of the undocumented Chinese and how they navigate educational institutions, she uses qualitative methods to examine the educational decision-making processes of undocumented Chinese families.

Prior to coming to NYU, Jia-Lin worked as a child welfare social worker at the Center for Family Life, based in Sunset Park Brooklyn for 6 and a half years. During her time as a social worker, she provided clinical casework counseling to around 100 Chinese, Latino, and other Asian immigrant families. In addition, Jia-Lin also ran many community groups and helped the process of starting a tutoring cooperative, Sunset Scholars, which continues to flourish in the community today. Jia-Lin has also done a variety of volunteer community work that has taken her to India, China, Japan, and her home Taiwan. Jia-Lin graduated from Columbia University with her Masters degree in social work and graduated from Vanderbilt University with her Bachelors degree in molecular cellular biology.

Selected Publications, Presentations, and Awards:

Publications:

Liu, Jia-Lin, Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng, Bela Rex-Kiss, Gretchen Lord, and Julia Jean-Francois. Forthcoming. “Parents Beyond Oceans: A Social Group Work Curriculum for Chinese Immigrant Parents.” Journal of Social Work with Groups.

Cherng, Hua-Yu Sebastian and Jia-Lin Liu. 2017. “Academic Social Influences and Student Expectations: The Case of Second-Generation Asian Americans.” Asian American Journal of Psychology. 8(1):16-30.

Presentations:

Liu, Jia-Lin. “Chinese Immigrant Families in New York City.” Queens County Family Court, Cultural Competency & Asian Communities Workshop hosted by the Disproportionate Minority Representation Committee, New York, NY (May 2018)

Liu, Jia-Lin and Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng, “The Role of Saving Face in Immigration Stories of Undocumented Chinese Families.” Annual meeting of the Comparative International Education Society, Mexico City, Mexico (March 2018)

Liu, Jia-Lin. “Chinese Immigrant Families in New York: Sunset Park” Kings County Family Court, Cultural Competency & Asian Communities Workshop hosted by the Disproportionate Minority Representation Committee, New York, NY (November 2017)

Liu, Jia-Lin and Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng, “Saving Face and the Road to being Undocumented for Chinese immigrants in the US.” Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Montreal, Canada (August 2017)

Liu, Jia-Lin and Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng, “Saving Face: Face Work and Downward Mobility among Undocumented Chinese Families.” Annual meeting of the Comparative International Education Society, Atlanta, GA (March 2017)

Cherng, Hua-Yu Sebastian and Jia-Lin Liu, "Academic Networks and Expectations: the Paradox of Second-Generation Asian American." Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Seattle, WA (August 2016)

Awards:

NYU Shanghai’s Global Research Institute -Visiting Graduate Student Fellow (Spring 2018)

Steinhardt Doctoral Student Travel Fund Award (2018)

Shearwater Foundation Grant for Dissertation Research (2016, 2017, 2018)

Steinhardt Doctoral Student Fellowship (2015-2019)