Nancy Qian is an Associate Professor at Yale University's Economics Department and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. She was born in Shanghai, China, received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on development economic, historical and political economic issues including missing women, fertility, famine, historical increases in agricultural productivity, aid, conflict and elections. She serves as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Development Economics and the Journal of the European Economic Association. Her work has been presented in leading institutions and media outlets around the world.