Featured Researcher

Zhihua (Olivia) Zhang, Ph.D. Candidate

Zhihua (Olivia) Zhang is a Ph.D. Candidate in Languages, Cultures & Literacies in the Faculty of Education at SFU. Her dissertation research focuses on the learning narratives of Chinese international students and how they construct and negotiate identities while navigating their journeys of international education. She is also interested in internationalization of higher education, teaching and learning English as a second language, and narrative inquiry. As a landed immigrant in Canada, she identifies herself as an international student, and this status offers her particular insights to her job as a research assistant with projects on internationalization of higher education. Olivia Zhang earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English Language and Literature in Hebei Normal University, China, where she also holds a position as an Associate Professor. Olivia is also a freelance English/Mandarin Chinese translator and interpreter.