Keren Zhu, Ph.D. Candidate

Policy Analyst at the Pardee RAND Graduate School,
Policy Researcher in RAND Corporation

Keren Zhu is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. At RAND, Zhu specializes in program evaluation, performance measurement, and qualitative research. She is experienced in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) since its inception and specializes in infrastructure development in emerging markets and megaproject evaluation. She has also served as a consultant at the International Labor Organization.

An anthropologist by training, she has fieldwork experience in China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Pakistan, Benin, and Kenya. Zhu is also a translator and freelance writer who has translated a book on Japanese mentality named “Bushido: Soul of Japan” from English to Chinese and has many published articles in major Chinese magazines. Ms. Zhu holds an M.Sc. in social anthropology from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in English from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.