Qifan Zhang

Qifan Zhang is a PhD student in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, with a concentration in Policy, Politics, and Leadership. Qifan graduated from Tianjin University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. From there, she continued her studies at Georgetown University and received an MA in Public Policy. Before she came to Berkeley, Qifan interned at the National Institute of Education Sciences of China, a Chinese educational think tank.

She is interested in using quantitative methods to explore issues related to student achievement, education inequality, and teacher effectiveness. She is also interested in policy analysis, including how education policy reform (i.e., school choice; desegregation process; and decentralization) affects traditionally disadvantaged students.

Specializations and Interests

Equity and Education; Student Development and Achievement; Policy Analysis; Quantitative Methods


M.A., Public Policy, Georgetown University

B.A., Business Administration, Tianjin University (China)