Meet my friend Marsha :D

About me

Welcome to my site! I'm currently an assistant professor in educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research interests include gender and racial disparity in STEM education, social stratification and inequality, and education systems in East Asia. I'm also interested in survey methods and the application of machine learning methods in social science research. Before starting my current position, I worked shortly at Facebook as a people research scientist.

I lived in Philadelphia for six years and got my Ph.D. in Sociology and Dual Master's Degree in Statistics at the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to the U.S., I lived in Hong Kong for seven years, where I received my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and helped to build nonprofit microfinance projects for poverty alleviation in rural China. I also stayed a semester at University of Miami and another one at the National Taiwan University as an exchange student, and I visited Japan for half a year for language training at the Japan Foundation Kansai Center. I speak English, Chinese Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese.

I am highly concerned with the underrepresentation of women in STEM areas, because it does not only contribute to the gender wage gap, but also exacerbates the problem of gender stereotypes. Part of my work at Facebook as people research scientist was to promote diversity within the company and the tech industry. I also founded Women in Kaggle Philly and organized a series of workshops which provide an inclusive and supportive environment to women who are interested in data science.

I regularly write for Foreign Policy, Boston Review, and The CGCS Media Wire Blog. I used to be a senior editor and contributor to CNPolitics.org, an independent group committed to introducing academic studies on Chinese society and politics to the general public in China. I also write for the Initium Media Hong Kong and HK01 as a journalist and columnist. Please check them out if you read Chinese!

Besides (a happy) academic life, I am a fan of baseball and sabermetrics - I learned SQL through analyzing MLB data! I am also a professional translator and a huge Science Fiction fan. I have translated seven books so far, including three academic books and four science fictions. My most recent translation project is Prof. Randall Collins' great work Violence: A Micro-sociology Theory.