Ling Zhu is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology, who has also obtained an M.Sc. degree in Statistics. Her research interests fall in two major fields: (1) the organizational structure of political institutions and its influence on socio-economic development, and (2) social stratification, income inequality and intergenerational mobility in China and US. Currently, her research investigates the institutional logic in Chinese bureaucracy that enables Chinese local governments to play a significant role in promoting regional development, while at the same time maintains the central government’s political control. In particular, she asks who, local political leaders or non-leader officials, are more influential in promoting economic growth in Chinese local governments. Her earlier studies analyze income returns to Party membership in China and its variation between 1988 and 2010. She is also working on a project about intergenerational occupation reproduction in the United States and how it relates to occupational gender segregation in the US between 1972 and 2010.