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Tianyu Xie

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Tianyu Xie

Dissertation Writer
Research Interests: 
Infrastructure (Subway), Bureaucracy and Entrepreneurialism in State-Owned Enterprise, Technology and Development, Governmentality, Neoliberalism and Socialism, Second-Tier Cities in China


My research looks into the unprecedented flood of capital from China to US’ tech industry since 2015. Central to my study is an elite network of Chinese female professionals, serving multiple roles, disrupting the stereotype of venture capital industry as largely comprised of male investors and female administrative assistants. I am exploring how, in this transnational venture capital flow between China and U.S., women venture capitalists are expected to be and play indispensable nodes in relationship building, creating and nurturing the linkages needed so that investment capital from largely Chinese government and enterprise funds can be funneled into privately held companies based in the United States.

I graduated with honors from Susquehanna University with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Anthropology. After that, I went to Columbia University and earned a M.A. degree in Anthropology. My master thesis studies the operation of State-Owned Enterprises in charge of building subway system in second-tiered cities in China.