Xueli Wang

Xueli Wang, Ph.D. (pronounced similar to “Shoo-lee Wong”) is a professor in the Department of
Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Dr. Wang’s
research agenda centers on identifying factors and contexts that shape underserved students’
learning, experiences, and trajectories to success. Her published scholarship has primarily
advanced this area of focus through two interconnected strands: (1) students’ participation and success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields; and (2) the access,
progress, and development of students who begin postsecondary education at community colleges.
In her inquiry, Dr. Wang engages a variety of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs to illuminate practices, structures, and policies toward transformative change for optimal educational opportunities and equitable outcomes. A notable example of Dr. Wang’s work is her book, “On My Own” (Harvard Education Press, April 2020). Grounded in longitudinal, mixed methods research, the book unravels enduring inequities in transfer access, particularly in STEM, and issues a plan of action toward cultivating equitable STEM transfer pathways. Among her numerous awards for research and teaching, Dr. Wang was honored with the Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award by the Council for the Study of Community Colleges in Spring 2015 and received the UW–Madison School of Education’s Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award in Spring 2020.