Xie, a political science major, won the 2014 Emerging Scholar Talk competition, which recognizes excellence in scholarship and speaking. Each year since 2004 CWiC has spotlighted an exceptional Penn student research project which is subsequently presented in a 40-minute public lecture in the spring. Xie’s political science research project is "Revising the Law-Growth Hypothesis: A Case Study of Reform-era China."
Her talk, “Becoming an Economic Superpower: The China Paradox,” will focus on China’s economic growth and skyrocketing GDP rates despite its lack of liberal legal institutions.
As a University Scholar, Xie received funding to perform field research in China the past two summers. She interviewed dozens of lawyers, government officials, entrepreneurs and residents, publishing her findings in the Northwestern Interdisciplinary Law Review last spring. She has presented her research at various academic forums since.
Xie was featured in China Hands magazine's "25 Under 25 in U.S.-China Relations" in 2013 for her leadership in founding the Penn Symposium on Contemporary China and planning Penn's first Model U.N. conference abroad, in Shanghai.
Xie’s articles on political economics have been featured in a number of undergraduate journals and have earned her international and national awards.