Dr. Rong Zhao joins the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work at the rank of Assistant Professor. She earned her doctorate from the Columbia University School of Social Work this past spring, and previously studied at the Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China. Dr. Zhao’s research deals with social welfare practice and policy in a global perspective. Her specific research interests include the human service workforce, gender in relation to nonprofits, volunteering, and service contracting. Dr. Zhao’s recent scholarship has analyzed the workplace gender inequality in the United States; service contracting and NGO development in China; and the impacts of social capital on volunteerism and philanthropy in urban China.