Jian Liu is a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) postdoctoral fellow at Population Studies Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Jian’s main research areas include student choice, access and success/development, policy studies, governance and finance in higher education, globalization and education, with particular interests in the Chinese context and international comparison. Her dissertation Expansion and equality of opportunity in access to Chinese higher education: A culture perspective has been awarded the Best Dissertation for the academic year 2011-2012 by the Comparative and International Education Society Higher Education SIG. Jian has published articles in Higher Education, International Higher Education, book chapters and reports, and currently has two manuscripts under revision for Compare and Higher Education. Using data from the Research Database of Higher Education in China and the China General Social Survey, she is examining individual characteristics and educational choice/opportunities, policies, and changing patterns of inequality in Chinese higher education. She is planning new research projects on student experience and civic engagement in colleges, and institutional impact on student development in China. Jian received her BSc and BA from Tsinghua University (China), MEd and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (Canada). She had worked as a journalist for China Education Daily before she started her MEd and Ph.D. studies.