Professor Zhang is Professor at the Institute of Chinese Historical Geography, Fudan University. She served as Deputy Director of the Institute from 2007-2010. She received her M.A. in Geography from East China Normal University and her Ph.D. in Historical Geography from Fudan University. She is the author of Ancient Capitals and Cities (Nanjing, Jiangsu People Press, 2011) and The Differentiation and Integration of Cultural Region: The Study of Historical Cultural Geography in Shaanxi, (Shanghai: Shanghai Bookstore Press, 2004).