Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Zhang completed her bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She worked at the Chicago Department of Public Health and at the Institute for Health Policy and Research before starting graduate school in policy analysis and management at Cornell. As a teaching assistant in Cornell’s Prison Education Program, she became interested in family structure changes due to incarceration and its effects on child outcomes.
Argues that individuals whose mothers were incarcerated during their childhoods experienced greater hardships in both childhood and young adulthood than those whose mothers were not incarcerated.