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Yen Yen Joyceln Woo

Associate Professor of Education

B.A., National University of SingaporeEd.M., Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University


Dr. Yen Yen Woo is currently associate professor of education at Long Island University, where she teaches Curriculum Development, Social Foundations of Education and Introduction to Educational Research.

Dr.Woo’s scholarly interests include youth studies, temporalities, international education and curriculum studies, and in particular, she is interested in how research can reach wider audiences through the synergy of different pedagogical, research and cultural production methodologies. Her scholarship has been published in prestigious journals such as Educational Researcher, Discourse and the Asia-Pacific Journal of Education.

Dr. Woo is also an international award-winning filmmaker. She wrote, produced and directed “Singapore Dreaming,” a feature film inspired by her doctoral dissertation, that has won several international awards, including the Best Asian Film Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival, the Montblanc New Screenwriters Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain and the Audience Award for Narrative Feature at the Asian-American International Film Festival in New York. In addition, Dr. Woo’s film work has been screened at the Brooklyn Museum in New York; the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; and on TV all over the world.

Dr. Woo’s international education work has included being a curriculum consultant for the Teachers College (Columbia University) Afghanistan Education Development Project sponsored by UNICEF and training teachers in using video in schools for the Ministry of Education in Singapore.

Her academic awards have included the Spencer Doctoral Research Fellowship and the Project Milestone Fellowship at Teachers College, Columbia University.


Youth studies, curriculum studies, temporalities, international education, research as cultural production