Melissa Lefkowitz graduated in May 2012 from Harvard University’s A.M. program Regional Studies-East Asia, where her research interests included Sino-African relations, social anthropology, and Chinese cultural history. In summer 2011, she conducted research in Beijing on a Fairbank Center scholarship, which she later presented at the Harvard East Asia Society (HEAS) Graduate Student Conference. While in Beijing, she worked at the Social Science Research Council, writing on environmental topics for the Forum on Health, Environment, and Development. Prior to attending Harvard, Melissa spent a year in Beijing and Taiwan studying Mandarin on PRC and ROC scholarships. Having graduated magna cum laude from New York University, where she received a degree in East Asian Studies and Literature, Melissa looks forward to contributing to NYU’s intellectual growth.