Jienian Zhang


Hometown : Shanghai, China

Current Position:  I am currently pursuing a PhD in sociology at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. My quantitative line of work focuses on health inequity. My dissertation is a school ethnography of multilingual students. 

Honors Thesis Topic/Advisor and Favorite Class:

My honors thesis explored the identity formation of 1.5 generation Americans under the supervision of Prof. Mary Noonan and Prof. Steve Hitlin.  I really enjoyed the social psychology and statistics courses offered by the department.  Outside sociology, the creative writing courses contributed to my personal growth as well. 

Hobbies: I enjoy watching standup comedies and taking walks by the lake. I currently live with my puppy Mushu who has taught me the joy of just sitting on the sidewalk watching cars.

Zhang photo
University of Iowa, Sociology, 2015