Dr. Min Zhang
Postdoctoral Research Fellow The Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace
Postdoctoral Research Fellow The Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies
Originally trained in political sociology at Peking University, Dr. Min Zhang earned her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Harvard University. Since October 2015, she has been working as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies as well as in The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. Her areas of specialization include education, youth development, social stratification and mobility, and research methods. She is currently working on a monograph about the processes and practices involved in promoting school success in China’s public school system. Min proposes that Chinese educators actively construct a moralized lecturing system to boost educational success. Her study shows how the efforts of educators in one county pervade many of the pivotal domains of teenagers’ daily school life, such as time management, spatial organization and seating practices, psychological and social maturation, moral development, school safety, and teachers’ evaluations. In the context of the exaltation of educational success and the accelerated polarization of Chinese society, such efforts can both acculturate to and subvert the influence from the wider environment.