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I am a qualitative researcher and a doctoral research consultant at Indiana University. I hold a Ph.D. in Inquiry Methodology (2017) from the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington. Prior to beginning my doctoral studies, I earned an M.A. in Literary Theory (2009) and a B.A. in Chinese Literature and Culture (2006), both from Beijing Normal University, China.

My empirical research lies at the intersection of youth culture, identity formation, and social changes, with a regional focus on China. My current project examines how adolescents grow into mature adults in social changes, through a study of life histories of a group of rural Chinese youths. Based on this project, I am completing a book manuscript entitled Changing Fate: The Cultural Revolution’s Rural Youth in Transition to Post-Mao China.

My methodological approach centers on applying critical social and cultural theories into ethnography, narrative studies, and action research. Combining theoretical discussion with fieldwork experience, my writing deepens our understanding of the knowledge production process in qualitative social scientific studies.