Zhu Zhang is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Tulane University. She earned her B.A. in History from Shanghai Normal University in 2008 and M.A. in International Affairs from Pennsylvania State University in 2011. After graduation, she interned for Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. From 2012 to 2014, Zhu worked as a research scholar at Arizona State University where her work focused on science and technology policy in China. Her current research interests are Chinese Politics, Authoritarianism and Research Methodology. Her dissertation, “The Rise of Chinese Private Business Elites and Their Relationship with the Communist Party” examines the evolution and changing characteristics of China’s billionaires over time and will those changes have an impact on their partnership with the ruling party? Zhu’s research on China is part of a broader agenda that looks at the state-business relationship in transitional regimes and authoritarian resilience.