Keren Zhu

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.Sc. in social anthropology, University of Oxford; B.A. in English, Chinese University of Hong Kong


Keren Zhu is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. student at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She holds a M.Sc. in social anthropology from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in English from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Prior to joining RAND, she was a research fellow at Research and Development International, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, where she worked on humanitarian and development policy research and the implementation of the "Belt and Road" Initiative. She conducted field research on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and drafted reports for the central government. She was also involved in research on China-U.S. relations and international cooperation. As a consultant at the International Labor Organization's headquarters in Geneva, she managed their public-private partnership project database and evaluated project effectiveness. She also has had fieldwork experience in rural China and Ghana.

Zhu is a translator and freelance writer, has translated a book on Japanese mentality, "Bushido: Soul of Japan," from English to Chinese, and has had many articles published in major Chinese magazines. Her research interests include U.S.-China relations, international development, foreign aid, China-related policy, education and training, and labor and population.


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