Zheng received her B.A. in History from the University of Hong Kong, and an M.St. in Global and Imperial History from Oxford University. Her previous research focuses on Chinese society in WWII. Her Master’s thesis illustrates the physical and psychological impact of Japanese strategic bombing of the city of Xi’an, as well as air defense on the Chinese side during WWII, known and commemorated in China as ‘the War of Resistance’ (1931/37-1945). It unveils some important implications for the wartime state-civilian relations in this locale, as a result of their increased interactions under air raids. In writing this thesis, some references were made to social and military history of strategic bombings worldwide, particularly those in Europe.
Zheng takes a special interest in the history of war and society in Republican China within a thematic context of cross-border and comparative experiences. At a different level, she is also interested in the theory and practice of history and the development of historiography. She is a keen reader of wuxia novels, and is exploring the world of tea as we know (taste) it.