Multicultural and Gender Studies

Choua P. Xiong


Dr. Choua P. Xiong’s research approach is informed by her activism as an educator in Southeast Asian community-based educational spaces, schools, and higher education. Dr. Choua led various collaborative and community-based participatory action research (CBPAR) projects that center the perspectives of minoritized youth. Her work highlights the roles communities of color play in educating youth about schooling, political participation, belonging, and healing. Her current book project, HMoob-making Lessons: Decolonizing Neoliberal, Nationalist Schooling, extends her dissertation research to examine how stateless people navigate exclusionary practices of citizenship and demand inclusive educational opportunities in northern Thailand. Her research has been funded by prestigious fellowships including the United States Department of Education (USED) Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad 2019, the National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Dissertation 2020 Fellowship, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Fellowship 2020, and the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships.

Additionally, Dr. Choua currently works on several research projects including (1) the HMoob in Butte County Project, an oral history project that documents the life and family history of HMoob communities Butte County, (2) the HMoob Stories Project: Cia Siab in WI, a community-led and community-driven interactive traveling exhibit that invites audience members to reconcile with the erasure of the Secret War from America’s national memory, and (3) the Anti-HMoob Violence Report with Cia Siab, Inc., an ArcGIS storymap project that tracks anti-HMoob violence from 1975-2019 in CA, MN, and WI.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

2022                Lee, S., Xiong, C. The politics of Asian American invisibility: Beyond and between Black and White. Chapter five: Solidarity Holds Our Unity Together (SHOUT): Education for Liberation. Teacher’s College Press

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles 

2022                Xiong, C. P., and Pheng, L. M. What is social justice research for Asian Americans?: Critical reflections on cross-racial and cross-ethnic coalition building in community-based educational spaces. Educational Studies.

2021                Smolarek, B., Wolfgram, M., Vang, M., Xiong, C., Lee, L., Lee, P., Thao, M., Xiong, P.K., Xiong, O., Xiong, P. and Vang, K. Our HMoob American college Paj Ntaub: Student-led community-based participatory action research as critical counter-invisibility work. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

2020                Lee, S. J., Xiong, C. P., Pheng, L. M., & Vang, M.N. “Asians for Black Lives, Not Asians for Asians”: Building Southeast Asian American and Black Solidarity. Anthropology & Education Quarterly 

2017                Lee, S., Xiong, C., Pheng, L. & Vang, M. The model minority maze: Hmong Americans working within and around racial discourses. Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement.

2014                Xiong, C. Race and Gender among Hmong-American College Students. Astra: The UW-Eau Claire McNair Scholars’ Research Journal


2019                Lee, L., Lee, P., Smolarek, B., Thao, M., Vang, K., Wolfgram, M., Xiong, C., Xiong, O., Xiong, P. K., & Xiong, P. (2019). Our HMoob American college paj ntaub. Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions. Retrieved from UW–Madison,


2021                Xiong, C. P. (2021). Surviving patriarchy during COVID-19. Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions: Women’s History Month Blog Series #4. Retrieved from:

2019                Lee, L., Lee, P., Smolarek, B., Thao, M., Wolfgram, M., Xiong, C., Xiong, O., Xiong, P. K., & Xiong, P. (2019). Is this minority group too small to have a voice on campus?: How U.S. higher education can become more inclusive. The Hechinger Report. Retrieved from: 

2019                Xiong, C., Lee, L., Lee, P., Smolarek, B., Thao, M., Wolfgram, M., Xiong, O., Xiong, P. K., & Xiong, P. (2019). Introducing “Our HMoob American college Paj Ntaub.” CCWT Blog. Retrieved from:

Courses Offered:

AAST 152: Introductions to Asian American Studies (Fall and Spring)

AAST 330: Hmong Cultural Roots & Contemporary Issues (Fall and Spring)

Portrait of Choua P. Xiong
Spring 2023 Office Hours
  • Tuesday and Wednesday 12–2 p.m.