Zhu is an economist in MDRC’s K-12 Education Policy Area whose current work focuses on experimental and quasi-experimental impact analyses, evaluation design, and related methodological issues. She is leading the student achievement impact analysis for several projects, including the evaluation of academic language interventions, the evaluation of a school-wide system of support for behavior in elementary schools, the evaluation of the Response to Intervention program for struggling readers in early elementary grades, the evaluation of Power Teaching in middle schools, and the evaluation of the Success for All program for struggling readers in elementary schools. In addition, she has worked on evaluations of professional development programs for second-grade reading teachers and seventh-grade math teachers, the impact analysis of student outcomes in the National Reading First Impact Study, the evaluation of Ninth Grade Academies in Broward County Public Schools and the State of Florida, and the Evaluation of Enhanced Academic Instruction in After-School Programs for second- through fifth-graders. Her work at MDRC also includes several methodological studies on empirical issues related to impact variation, mediator analysis, quasi-experimental designs, group randomized experiments, and reliability of measurements for group settings. She received her PhD in economics from Princeton University.