Anqi Yan was born and raised in Shenzhen, China and received her B.A. degree from Haverford College, majoring in Growth and Structure of Cities (which explores topics in anthropology, political science, urban planning, history, etc.). Her primary interest lies in civil society engagement in the political realm in China and how this engagement structures people’s interactions with the government and defines citizenship. From 2019 to 2020, Anqi worked as a part-time research assistant at Sun Yat Sen University and received the Hanna Holborn Gray research fellowship to study a water governance project that heavily co-opted civil society organizations, in Guangdong, China. Anqi looks forward to refining her research skills and exploring more exciting research topics in the field of Chinese politics and political anthropology at Yale. She also loves cooking and reading non-fictions.