Dr. Min Zhang
Min Zhang has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Harvard University. Her areas of specialization include education and youth development. At Truman, she is 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.