Dr Jingyi Jenny Zhao

Dr Jingyi Jenny Zhao is ISF Research Fellow at the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge.

Dr Zhao completed her BA, MPhil and PhD degrees in Classics at the University of Cambridge. She works in the area of Sino-Hellenic Studies, taking a comparative perspective on the philosophical traditions of ancient Greece and early China. Her main interests lie in the fundamentals of what makes us human, including topics such as moral education and the good life, and more recently representations of infancy and childhood in philosophical texts. She is currently preparing her book manuscript Aristotle and Xunzi on Shame, Moral Education and the Good Life for publication (under contract with Oxford University Press).

Alongside her research, Dr Zhao has worked extensively in public outreach, including filming for the BBC Documentary Story of China, writing children’s books on philosophy, and publishing interviews with distinguished academics.

Select publications:

Zhao, Jingyi Jenny. “Representations of Infancy and Childhood in Laozi and Heraclitus.” In Sapiential Traditions and Ancient Scholarship in Comparative Perspective, edited by Glenn W. Most and Michael Puett. Special issue of Philological Encounters, Brill (forthcoming).

Zhao, Jingyi Jenny. “Shame and Moral Education in Aristotle and Xunzi.” In Ancient Greece and China Compared, edited by G. E. R. Lloyd and Jingyi Jenny Zhao, 110-130. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Lloyd, G. E. R. and Jingyi Jenny Zhao, eds. Ancient Greece and China Compared. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. (Currently in the process of being translated into Chinese)

Select awards:

Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Non-Government Funded Students Abroad (Exceptional Award)

Great Britain-China Educational Trust Award

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) International Placement Scheme Award for 6-month research fellowship at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

Angus Prize for Classics, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge