Hexuan Zhang is a Research Analyst at the Center for Survey Research. After receiving her B.A. in Sociology from Peking University, she came to the US from China in 2011 to attend the University of Virginia, where she received her M.A. in 2013 and Ph.D. in Sociology in 2019.
At UVA, Hexuan received a number of awards and accolades. In 2014, she received the Society of Fellows Summer Research Grand for junior fellows. The following year, she received the UVA Quantitative Collaborative Bynum Grant for the project "Political Regimes and the Expression of Nationality Identity".
Hexuan joined CSR as a graduate Research Assistant in January 2017. She has worked on a variety of noteworthy projects, including the Social Mission Metrics project, BeHeardCVA, and the Louisa County Survey of Food Insecurity and Unmet Needs. At CSR she most enjoys working with her colleagues, who are mutually supportive and cooperative.
She has previously worked in UVA's Sociology Department as a graduate teaching assistant and as an instructor for summer courses in social statistics. She also used to work in research and administrative support at PKU-HK PolyU China Social Work Research Center at Peking University in Beijing.
Outside of work, Hexuan loves performing traditional Chinese Opera, including Kun opera, Peking opera, and Yue Opera.
What does public service mean to you?
Public service means serving the community and the public and providing them with opportunities to access services in education, healthcare, public transportation, recreational facilities and so forth. Public service is an indispensable part of building a vibrant community and a touchstone for good governance and healthy democracy. By working with CSR on various projects related to local communities and public policies, I feel that I have started to build an organic connection with the community I live in. The knowledge I learned in school is no longer just abstract concepts in the ivory tower, but it can be applied to examining real social issues. I'm very grateful to be able to work at CSR and make a contribution to providing public services to people.