Xi Zhu

Xi Zhu
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M.A. Sociology, Baylor University, 2021
M.A. American Studies, Brown University, 2015
M.A. International Journalism, Beijing Foreign Studies University, 2016
B.A. Journalism and Communication, Beijing Foreign Studies University, 2013


Xi is a third-year student in the Sociology PhD program. She graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University with a B.A. in Journalism and Communication and a M.A. in International Journalism. While pursuing her master’s degree in Journalism, she also pursued and earned a master’s degree in American Studies at Brown University. Before coming to Baylor, Xi worked in the news industry for one year in New York city, and then spent nearly three years as a brand communication specialist for a pharmaceutical company in Shanghai. Her working experience led her to find an interest in sociology and passion for a career in academia.

Xi’s research interests include population aging, health, and family. She is also interested in the intersection of technology, wellbeing, and older adults. Her master’s thesis focused on age differences in the effects of social media use on mental health in the United States. Her recent work looks at mental health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the moderating roles of age, religion, and emotional wellbeing.

In her free time, she enjoys swimming, badminton, and music.


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