Zhuang Jingyuan is a PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics at the Pennsylvania State University (M.S. Linguistics, Georgetown University). Her research interests include second language acquisition and study abroad. She has published studies in edited volumes and presented her work at leading academic conferences in the field. Her dissertation project, on approaches to modality in English as a Second Language from cognitive linguistics and concept-based instruction, has received the EuroSLA 30 Junior Researcher Grant and the Language Learning Dissertation Grant.