I am a doctoral candidate in Area Studies (China) at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. My doctoral research explores mechanisms through which inequality affects early years parenting, and how social policy can promote educational equity in the context of China’s urban-rural divide.
Addressing social inequality has been a driving motivation in my professional and academic career thus far. Prior to Oxford, I worked as a Program Officer and Assistant Research Fellow at China Development Research Foundation (CDRF), Development Research Centre of the State Council (DRC). During those years, I practiced bridging academic research with policy advocacy work through implementing early childhood development projects, managing pilots in western and mid-west rural China, conducting policy research, and facilitating international dialogues in the field of anti-poverty and children development.
I hold a M.A. in Socio-cultural Anthropology from Columbia University and a B.A. in management from Renmin University of China. My research covered a variety of topics including migrant and left-behind children’s education, transnational feminist activism, and social governance in China. Current research interests include inequality/poverty, human-centred development, urbanisation and migration, and social policy.
Supervisors: Professor Rachel Murphy (OSGA); Professor Jane Barlow (Department of Social Policy and Intervention)