Shixin Huang

Ph.D. Student (2018 Cohort)
Shixin Huang

Dissertation Project

Disability Rights Movement in China

Professional Background

NGO Researcher & Project Manager


Qualitative methods, Chinese, training facilitation



Shixin’s research focuses on the disability rights movement in contemporary China. She is interested in understanding the way in which the identity of persons with disabilities is shaped through new discourses and practices of citizenship they learn through their introduction to a new international human rights instrument (the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities) as well as their concurrent interactions with an authoritarian state and the global disability rights movement, as an international human rights movement.  She just finished her Master of Social Work program at the University of Hong Kong with the scholarship of Civil Society Leadership Award from the Open Society Foundation. Before that, she received her Master of Political Sociology from the London School of Economics in 2013. Shixin worked in the field of disability rights advocacy in China before joining the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. She served as the principal manager of a EU-funded campaign promoting the community empowerment, as well as education, employment, legal capacity, and cultural identity rights of persons with disabilities.


Huang, S. (forthcoming in 2018) From charity to socio-economic right: Understanding the rights to work and employment of people with disabilities, in Zhang, W. (Ed), Disability and justice. Beijing, China: Social Science Academic Press (in Chinese).

Huang, S. (2016). An inescapable marginal trap? A qualitative research on the working situation of people with disability, in Zhang,W. (Ed), Disability rights studies in China (pp. 151-168). Beijing, China: Social Science Academic Press (in Chinese).

Huang, S., Yang, Qi., Guo, B. (2015). Institutional discrimination of civil servant recruitment in China. Anti-Discrimination Law Review, 00, 33-55. (in Chinese)

Huang, S. (2014). The enforcement of regulations on open government information: A monitoring report from civil society. Retrieved from d=8&id=101 (in Chinese).  (NGO Report)

Grants & Fellowships

Richard Wesley Fellow, Jackson School, University of Washington, 2018-2019

Civil Society Leadership Award, Open Society Foundation, 2016