Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng

Faculty Research Associate

Dr. H. Sebastian Cherng is an Assistant Professor of International Education at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He received his PhD in Education Policy and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. His interests include comparative perspectives on race/ethnicity (with a focus on China and the US), immigrant adaptation, and social capital within the school and educational context. His research examines the social relationships in the lives of youth of color and immigrant adolescents in the US, gender and ethnic differences in education in China, and cultural and social capital transfers between adolescents in the US.

His scholarship has appeared in journals such as the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Researcher, Social Forces, and Teachers College Record. In popular presses, his work has appeared in over twenty mainstream media outlets, including CNN, NPR, TIME, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Metro, and Essence.

Before his return to higher education, Dr. Cherng taught algebra and geometry at a public charter school and Upward Bound in San Francisco and was co-founder of a technology start-up based in Shanghai. He received his bachelor's degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.