Student Profile

Mingyun Zhang

PhD Candidate, Anthropology


Before joining the PhD Anthropology program at the University of Virginia four years ago, Mingyun Zhang was a journalist and documentary filmmaker. Her documentary film My Land, My Life portrays contemporary American ranch women as both rule breakers and loving caregivers. Her Ph.D. dissertation examines how Tibetan entrepreneurship reemerges and develops after a long period of imposed socialist collectivism in China, with focused research in Xi’ning, Qinghai Province.