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    Lorin G. Yochim Associate Professor
    Institute of International and Comparative Education


    Research Interests

    -          sociology of education

    -          social & cultural theory

    -          critical geography

    -          urbanization, class formation, & cultural change

    -          contemporary Chinese educational culture

    -          critical ethnography

    -          discourse analysis

    -          policy analysis


    -          Worldwide Education Reform & Development

    -          Issues of Internationalization of Education

    -          Frontiers of Contemporary Education Theory

    -          Qualitative Research Methods

    -          Society & Education

    -          Education Reform & Development

    -          Ethics & Law of Education

    -          Education for Diverse Socio-Cultural Environments

    -          Contemporary Issues in Education

    -          Youth, Culture, & Education

    Research Projects

    -          Navigating the Aspirational City: Orders of Worth, Urban Renovation, and Educational
    Culture in Postsocialist Urban China (Ph.D. Dissertation Project)

    -          Hindsight Hermeneutics: Critical Reflections on Research with Middle School Teachers in Mainland China (M.Ed. Thesis Project)

    -          ‘Dig Where You Stand’ Community Engagement Project funded by Citizenship & Immigration Canada (Co-Applicant with Dr. Jennifer Kelly)

    -          ‘Out is In Project’, University of Alberta (Research Assistant with Dr. Andre Grace)

    -          National Academy of Education Administration(China) University Leaders Training Program, University of Alberta (Research Assistant with Dr. George Richardson)


    Dr. Lorin Yochim graduated with a Ph.D. (2014) in Theoretical, Cultural, & International Studies in Education from the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. His Ph.D. research (Dr. Jennifer Kelly, supervisor) focussed on education policy, urban renovation, and cultural change in urban China, culminating in a dissertation entitled Navigating the Aspirational City: Orders of Worth, Urban Renovation, and Educational Culture in Postsocialist Urban China.

    Lorin brings a diverse background to BNU, including several years as an English/Language Arts teacher, as an editor and teacher trainer with Hebei Education Press, and as a sessional instructor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. His experience working in China with primary and secondary English teachers in particular led him to return to the academy to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees.

    Lorin’s main areas of interest include:

            Chinese educational culture, especially recent and ongoing changes in education culture under the influence of globalization, policy reform, urbanization/urban renovation, and marketization/commidification of education and schooling.

            social, cultural, and spatial analysis as understood through the work of scholars such as Luc Boltanski, Pierre Bourdieu, and David Harvey.

            research methodologies such as critical ethnography and discourse analysis

    Lorin is originally from Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada and married to a Beijing native. He has one son.