Zhu’s research interests include health care politics and policy, inequity in access to health care and other forms of social safety net program, comparative social welfare policy, and public health management. Her research in health care politics and policy focuses on the political and policy determinants of social disparities in health and inequality in access to health care. Her research on comparative social welfare policy examines the political economy of welfare generosity of various policy programs. Her research on health care management compares the effectiveness of public, non-profit, and private health care organizations. Zhu offers courses on the politics of inequality and redistribution, social welfare policy, and quantitative policy analysis.
Explores how partisanship in government affects subnational-level inequality in health care coverage in the context of racial diversity.
Asks: “What factors promote the electoral success of minority candidates in state legislatures?” Shifts focus to the determinants of the electoral success of minorities in state legislatures and our findings suggest the stock of social capital owned by racial minorities exclusively benefits the electoral success of minority candidates.