Yan Zhou is a Postdoctoral Fellow at St Antony’s College, with the Brazilian Studies Programme in the Latin American Centre. Her postdoctoral fellowship is sponsored by Beijing Chenxing Education Foundation through the Tsinghua University Institute for International and Area Studies.
She holds a PhD in Political Science and Brazil Studies from Tsinghua University in Beijing, and has a dual degree in International Relations and English Language and Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University. She was Visiting Researcher at the University of São Paulo in Brazil with the Political Science Department/Center for Metropolitan Studies from 2014 to 2017, conducting her fieldwork on social inequality and educational mobility of the Brazilian “New Middle Class”. Prior to that, from 2013 to 2014, she was Visiting Research Associate in the Latin American Studies Programme at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C..
Her general research interests include state and society relations, social mobility and political behaviours, inequality and social movements.
Her published academic papers include: “Explaining the Brazilian New Middle Class’s Weakening Support for Left-wing Parties.” (in Chinese); “Christian Evangelicals’ Participation in Brazilian Institutionalized Politics and Its Impact.” (in Chinese); “Conservatism in Brazil: New Wave or a Return to History?” (in Chinese).
She speaks fluent Chinese, English and Portuguese.