Zhu's research focuses on democracy and inequality by focusing on the institutional and policy determinants of inequality. Taking a policy-focused approach, Zhu investigates the politics of welfare generosity, the institutional root of public preferences on the role of government in social protection, the political causes of health & health care inequality, and the politics of health care reform.
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Explores how partisanship in government affects subnational-level inequality in health care coverage in the context of racial diversity.
Asks: “What factors promote the electoral success of minority candidates in state legislatures?” Shifts focus to the determinants of the electoral success of minorities in state legislatures and our findings suggest the stock of social capital owned by racial minorities exclusively benefits the electoral success of minority candidates.