- Ph.D. in Chinese Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- M.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- B.A. from Peking University
Zou received her B.A. from Peking University, China (2008), and M.A. (2010) and Ph.D. (2017) in Chinese Literature and M.S. (2018) in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Zou’s major research fields are classical Chinese literature and cultural history, especially, the enduring interactions between social-political changes, language, and literature. She has published several journal articles, annotated translations, and contributed a book chapter on Chinese literature. Combining her teaching and research interests, Zou’s current research project revisits the dichotomy between classical Chinese and the modern Chinese “vernacular” and seeks to understand how “modern Chinese” became what it is today. Zou is also working on two textbooks of modern Chinese with her colleagues at Princeton. She also worked for Princeton in Beijing (PiB) as a head instructor, overseeing teacher hiring and training.