Originally from Princeton Junction, New Jersey, Ryan Zhang is a junior at Harvard College and a resident of Mather House. He is studying Social Studies, with an intended focus on ethnicity, mobility, and the American Dream. This is his first year working on the Democratic Knowledge Project, where he will be conducting research on the economies, social structures, and legal systems of ancient civilizations. Outside of DKP, Ryan chairs the IOP Policy Program, works as a research assistant in the Department of Government, and is a Wargame Specialist for the Harvard Program on Negotiation. Ultimately, Ryan hopes to pursue a career in academia or policymaking.