Xue was born and raised in China. Before coming to Oxford, she completed her BA in International Studies with Spanish at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China. Her interest in Latin American Studies was aroused by her experience in an exchange programme with the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Xue is specially interested in gender and economic issues in Brazil and Argentina. In her extracurricular time, she enjoys language learning and she has some experience in language teaching and translation as well.