- M.A. from Renmin University of China.
- B.A. from Peking University
Hanruo Zhang primarily focuses on pre-modern Chinese literature in the Tang and Song dynasties (7th-13th CE), with extended interests in Buddhism and art in the middle periods. She is now working on her dissertation project “Pure Land Tradition and the Cultural History of Song Dynasty China (960-1279 CE.)”, in which she intends to explore the complex interaction between the under-evaluated Pure Land tradition and the elite cultural and intellectual practices from the 10th to the 13th centuries, including the tradition of belletristic literary writing (wen 文), the practice of historicizing, anthologizing, and notebook writing.