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Harvard Kennedy School Appoints Xinhui Cheng, Doctoral Candidate from ACEM, as Research Fellow 2024-04-19

We are delighted to share that Xinhui Cheng, a doctoral candidate in Antai’s applied economics program, has been appointed as a Research Fellow for the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at Harvard Kennedy School. This appointment marks a significant milestone, as Ms. Cheng is the first doctoral student from China to receive this prestigious honor since the program’s inception in 2010.

About the Women and Public Policy Program 

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The Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at Harvard Kennedy School is dedicated to advancing women and gender equity through cutting-edge research, leadership training, and public policy engagement. WAPPP focuses on three key areas: Work and Gender Equity, Gender and Politics, and Gender and Conflict. By leveraging the expertise of Harvard’s faculty and its global reach, WAPPP aims to empower students, scholars, and leaders with rigorous, evidence-based insights to create a world where individuals can fulfill their aspirations unconstrained by gender bias. The program collaborates with scholars and practitioners to develop and disseminate solutions that promote gender equity across various sectors. (For more information, visit the official website:

Embodying the Scholar’s Spirit and Striving for Distant Horizons

Xinhui Cheng is a doctoral student in applied economics under the supervision of Associate Professor Ming Jiang. She obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and actively participates in academic discussions during her doctoral studies. Cheng has earned awards at prestigious forums and presented papers at international conferences. This summer, she will be visiting the University of Tokyo as a visiting research fellow.

Insights from Xinhui Cheng

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“Antai’s faculty members are always committed to imparting wisdom and clarifying doubts for us. They provide regular guidance to help us navigate the complexities of research. ACEM frequently organizes academic events and workshops, where scholars share their insights and the latest developments in their fields, fostering a vibrant scholarly community.” Cheng attributes her success to the rigorous academic training and hands-on mentorship provided by Professor Jiang, who offered significant guidance on her research and applications.

Carry the Community in Heart, Advance with Resolve - Inspirational Message from Ming Jiang 

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Associate Professor Ming Jiang graduated from the School of Information at the University of Michigan. His research interests include behavioral economics, development economics, and market design. He employs empirical and experimental methods to explore these topics and has published his work in several internationally renowned journals. Additionally, he contributes to various national and provincial research projects.

Professor Jiang hopes that Cheng will continue to apply her knowledge practically and advance her career with a steadfast commitment to benefiting the community and promoting social justice while remembering the motto, “When you drink from the stream, remember the spring; love your country, and honor your school.