Benjamin “Benji” Chang

Teacher Education and Higher Education (TEHE) Department

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Associate Professor
Office: 482 SOE Building

Research Interest

teaching and teacher education, community engagement and social movements, minoritized communities, language, literacy and culture, Chinese and Asian diaspora, hip-hop and youth cultural studies


  • Ph.D. in Education, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Chinese Language and Culture Program, Yale-China Chinese Language Centre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Joint American and Asian American Studies Program, University of Hawai’i, Manoa
  • M.Ed., Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A., Psychology, Minor in Teacher Education, University of California, San Diego


  • Clear Teaching Credential, Multiple Subject, Cross Cultural Language and Academic (CLAD) specialization, California


Benji Chang is Associate Professor of Equity Education and Affiliate Faculty in International & Global Studies at UNCG. Dr. Chang’s work focuses on social justice-oriented approaches to teacher education, community engagement, and language, literacy and culture, with a focus on minoritized groups and Asian diasporas. He has worked with research universities around the Pacific Rim, including as Visiting Scholar to Beijing Normal University (China), McGill University (Canada), and the Queensland University of Technology (Australia), and as faculty at the Education University of Hong Kong where he won the Outstanding Teaching Performance Award for five consecutive years. Dr. Chang serves on several Editorial Boards including Teachers College Record and Policy Futures in Education, and is Co-Editor of Critical Inquiry in Language Studies. He has received distinctions in the areas of pedagogy, literacy, and Asian studies through bodies such as the AERA and NCTE. Prior to UNCG, Dr. Chang was an inner-city public school teacher, hip-hop artist, and Postdoctoral Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University.


Selected Book Chapters

Chang, B., Baimaganbetova, S., Yang, M., Cheung, I. Pun, C., & Yip, B. (2021). The Project for Critical Research, Pedagogy & Praxis: An educational pipeline model for social justice teacher education. In B. Faircloth, L. Gonzalez, & K. Ramos (Eds.),Resisting barriers to belonging: Conceptual critique, critical applications (pp. 225-249). Rowman & Littlefield.

Martin, G., & Chang, B. (2021). Scaling intersectional praxis. In A. Maisuria (Ed.), The encyclopaedia of Marxism & education (pp. 359-372)

Chang, B. & Salas, S. (2020). Disrupting method: Critical pedagogies and TESOL. In J. K. Shin & P. Vinogradova (Eds.), Contemporary foundations for teaching English as an additional language: Pedagogical approaches and classroom applications. (pp. 15-22). Routledge.

Chang, B. (2018). Issues of educational equity, curriculum, and pedagogy in Hong Kong. In K. J. Kennedy & J. C.-K. Lee (Eds.), The Routledge handbook on schools and schooling in Asia (pp. 113-122). Routledge.

Chang, B. (2018). Social justice. In J. I. Liontas (Ed.), The TESOL encyclopedia of English language teaching (pp. 1-6). John Wiley & Sons.

Chang, B. (2017). Asian Americans and education. In G. W. Noblit (Ed.), The Oxford research encyclopedia of education (pp. 1-39). Oxford University.

Chang, B. (2016). Chinatown gangs in the United States. In J. H. X. Lee (Ed.), Chinese Americans: The history and culture of a people (pp. 155-157). ABC-CLIO.

Chang, B. (2014). “Upset the set-up” – a path towards self-determination rooted in conscious hip-hop, Pin@y, and panethnic communities. In M. Villegas, K. Kandi, & R. Labrador (Eds.), Empire of funk: Hip-Hop and representation in Filipina/o America (pp. 55-62). Cognella.

Chang, B. (2013). Larry Itliong. In E. Park & X. Zhao (Eds.), Asian Americans: An encyclopedia of social, cultural, and political history (pp. 577-578). ABC-CLIO.

Chang, B. (2013). Chinese lion dance in the United States. In E. Park & X. Zhao (Eds.), Asian Americans: An encyclopedia of social, cultural, and political history (pp. 284-285). ABC-CLIO.

Chang, B., & Au, W. (2009). You’re Asian, how could you fail math? Unmasking the myth of the Model Minority. In W. Au (Ed.), Rethinking multicultural education: teaching for racial and cultural justice (pp. 207-217). Rethinking Schools.

Luke, A., & Chang, B. 2007). Foreword. In K. Kumashiro & B. Ngo (Eds.), Six lenses for anti-oppressive education: Partial stories, improbable conversations (pp. 1-4). Peter Lang.

Selected Journal Articles

Chang, B. (2021).  Literacy education and Asian Americans: Critically addressing intersecting inequities and pedagogies.  James R. Squire Policy Research Briefs.  National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Chang, B. (2021). Histories of Chinese American communities and collective resistance to systemic racism. Gum Saan Journal: The journal of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, 44(1), 1-5.

Chang, B. (2020). From ‘Illmatic’ to ‘Kung Flu’: Black and Asian solidarity, activism, and pedagogies in the Covid-19 era. Postdigital Science and Education, 2(2), 741–756.

Chang, B. (2020). Foreword to the Special Issue on World War Two. Gum Saan Journal 41(1), 1-3.

Chang, B. (2019). Two more takes on the critical: Intersectional and interdisciplinary scholarship grounded in family histories and the Asia-Pacific. Curriculum Inquiry, 49(2), 156-172.

Chang, B., & McLaren, P. (2018). Emerging issues of teaching and social justice in Greater China: Neoliberalism and critical pedagogy in Hong Kong. Policy Futures in Education, 16(6), 781-803.

Chang, B. (2017). Building a higher education pipeline: sociocultural and critical approaches to ‘internationalisation.’ Hong Kong Teachers’ Centre Journal, 16(1), 1-25.

Chang, B. (2015). In the service of self-determination: teacher education, service-learning, and community reorganizing. Theory Into Practice, 54(1), 29-38.

Chang, B. (2013). Voice of the voiceless? Multiethnic student voices in critical approaches to race, pedagogy, literacy and agency. Linguistics and Education, 24(3), 348–360.

Chang, B., & Lee, J. H. (2012). “Community-based?” Asian American youth, parents and community in the shifting Chinatowns of New York and Los Angeles. Asian American Pacific Islander Nexus Policy Journal, 10(2), 99-117.

Chang, B. & Au, W. (2008). “You’re Asian, how could you fail math?” Unmasking the myth of the Model Minority. Rethinking Schools, 22(2), 15-19.

Baldwin, C. & Chang, B. (2001). Teachers for Social Justice. Teaching to Change LA, 1(1).