Affiliate Assistant Professor, UW Department of Anthropology
National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow
Digital Humanities, Ethnography & Communication, Social Sciences
Jing Xu is an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington and a NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research primarily focuses on children’s moral development in contemporary China, martial law-era Taiwan and cross-cultural comparative contexts. She adopts an interdisciplinary approach that puts anthropological and psychological theories in conversation, combines ethnography, experimental and computational methods, and draws from the broad field of Chinese studies. Her current research incorporates NLP techniques and social network analysis to examine anthropological fieldnotes and educational texts.
She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Tsinghua University, China, a Ph.D. in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, and received postdoctoral training in psychology at the University of Washington. She is the author of The Good Child: Moral Development in a Chinese Preschool (Stanford University Press, 2017). She has published peer-reviewed articles in journals spanning multiple disciplines such as anthropology, psychology, sociology, and area studies.