Nancy Xiong

Nancy Xiong

Nancy Xiong

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Associate Director


Diversity and Inclusion, Immigration/Refugee Studies, Gender Based Violence, International Marriage Migration & Asian American Pacific Islander Studies.

Nancy Xiong comes to Women and Genders Studies from Wisconsin. She is a first-generation Hmong American born to Hmong refugee parents from Laos and is the first one in her family to attend college. She earned her master of arts in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations from SIT Graduate Institute and her bachelor of arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Recently, she just finished her second master in Sociology and a certificate in Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University. Her work and research interest include diversity and inclusion, immigration/refugee studies, gender-based violence, international marriage migration & Asian American Pacific Islander studies. Nancy has worked, studied and/or lived in Burma, India, Japan, Laos, Nepal, and Thailand. During her free time, she enjoys spending time turning on her creative hat to create works of art from anything and exploring the wonders of the world.

University Committees/Working Groups

Asian American Pacific Islander Studies Working Group, Lead Organizer
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Planning Committee Member
Beta Delta Chapter of Corazones Unidos Siempre, Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc. (CUS), Faculty Advisor
Diversifying Study Abroad Scholarship Committee, Member
Fear 2 Freedom - To End Sexual Violence on Campus, Planning Committee Member
Inclusive Learning Community, Trainer/Facilitator
Lavender and Women and Gender Studies Graduation, Planning Committee Member
Mason Student Parent Support Group, Faculty Advisor
National Coalition Building Institute: Train the Trainer, Trainer/Facilitator
Patriot Experience: Global and Multicultural Competency Path, Designing Committee Member
Take Back the Night, Planning Committee Member
Sojourner Truth Lecture, Planning Committee Member
University Life Search Committee Member
Women’s History Month, Planning Committee Member

Selected Presentations

"Family Kinships, Divorce and Domestic Violence: Life Experiences of Hmong American Women." Paper presented at Global Conference on the Status of Women and Girls. Newport News, Virginia.  March 24-26, 2017.

"Looking for Love Across International Borders: Hmong International Marriage Migration." Paper presented at Africa and the World Move: A National Conference on Migration and Refugees from Africa and Southwest Asia.Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. April 16, 2016.

"Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Consent in the AAPI Community." Invited guest speaker for Cookies and Culture. Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education and Services (WAVES). George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.  April 13, 2016.

"International Marriage Migration and the Challenges of Agency: The Case of Hmong Female Marriage Migrants." Paper presented at Global Conference on the Status of Women and Girls. Newport News, Virginia.  March 3-5, 2016

"Healthy Relationships and Consent." Workshop presented at The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium Youth Engagement Group. Annandale, VA. February 19, 2016.

Co-Presenter with David Corwin. "The Importance of Women and Gender Studies in Student Affairs." Workshop presented at 2016 University Life Student Success Symposium: Achieving Our Goals for Student Success. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. January 11, 2016.

Current Research

Mental Health, Trauma and Spiritual Healing

Grants and Fellowships

Curriculum Impact Grant 2018-19 - To explore the possibility of establishing an Asian American Pacific Islander Studies Minor at George Mason University

Courses Taught

Asian American Women's Voices

Healthy Relationships

Introduction of Women and Gender Studies

Global Representations of Women



Master of Arts in Sociology, George Mason University

Master of Arts in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations, SIT Graduate Institute

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and East Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin -Madison