Hang Zhang's educational background includes a B.A. degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from the Beijing Language University in 1997, a M.A. degree in Chinese Linguistics from Zhejiang University in 2003, and a M.A. degree and Ph.D. degree in Linguistics (Phonology) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 and 2013 respectively. Hang Zhang has been teaching Chinese linguistics and Chinese language as a foreign language in a variety of educational settings in United States and China (including George Washington University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and Zhejiang University). She is the adviser of Study Abroad for the Chinese undergraduate program and the adviser of graduate studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the George Washington University.
Hang Zhang's research interests include Second language acquisition, phonology, Chinese Linguistics, tonology and Chinese language pedagogy. She published a book (research monograph) Second Language Acquisition of Mandarin Chinese Tones-Beyond First-Language Transfer by BRILL in 2018. She has co-authored a book on Chinese language teaching (by Beijing University Press) and another book on Contemporary Linguistics (by Zhejiang University Press). The latter book Introduction to Chinese Linguistics, of which the 3rd edition was published in 2012, won the national award “Top Textbooks in Higher Education” granted by the Education Department of the Chinese government. She received the “A. Ronald Walton Presentation Award” in 2008 through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Her research papers are published widely in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Second Language Research, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Language Teaching and Linguistic Studies, Journal of Chinese Language Teachers Association, etc. One of the research papers “Phonological Universals and Tone Acquisition” was selected as the best essay of the 2010 Journal of Chinese Language Teachers Association and was granted the Peking University Press Publication Award by the USA Chinese Language Teachers Association in 2012. Dr. Zhang was also invited to contribute book chapters to books such as Integrating Chinese Linguistics Research and Language Learning and Teaching (John Benjamins publisher), Key Issues in Chinese as a Second Language (Routledge), The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Second Language Acquisition (Routledge), The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Language Teaching (Routledge),Empirical Studies on Learning and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (Routledge) and linguistics items for the Encyclopedia of China (3rd edition). She received the Columbian College Facilitating Fund (CCFF, 2014-2015) and University Facilitating Fund (UFF) for 2016-17. She regularly present research papers in academic conferences such as “Conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics,” “Annual Conference of American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages”, etc.