PhD, University of London, England. MA, University of Sussex, Brighton, England. BA, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of London. Contributing Writer, Time Out Eating and Drinking Guides: London; that’s PRD. Sub-Editor, Polyvocia: The SOAS Journal of Graduate Research. Research Assistant, China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN).
Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery: Cherwell Food History Studentship, 2009. Culinary Historians of New York Scholar's Grant, 2008. Universities' Committee China in London Grant, 2008. Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, 2006–2007.
American Anthropological Association. SOAS Food Studies Centre. Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition. Society for East Asian Anthropology.
Dr. Zhen is currently teaching as a part of CIA’s Applied Food Studies bachelor’s degree program.