Christine Zheng is a Mellon Mays Fellow who graduated with honors from Wesleyan University, where she studied Religion and Art History with a concentration in South Asian traditions. During her time at Wesleyan, Christine worked as an arts editor for her school literary magazine and served as an English and Mathematics tutor for local middle-school students. Passionate about academia, she received funding from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to do research at the University of Chicago on Hindu traditions and Kathmandu University in Nepal for Sanskrit studies. In her senior year, she was awarded the Griffin Prize for excellence in the Department of Religion as well as highest honors for her senior thesis on Hindu notions of purity and impurity. At ESC, Christine is passionate about assisting students in articulating their ideas and encouraging them to cultivate their academic passions. In her free time, Christine enjoys making experimental music, cooking, and refining her Chinese and Sanskrit language skills.