Zhenhua will serve as an assistant professor in City and Regional Planning in the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University in the Fall of 2016. He is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the National Center of Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at University of Southern California. His research interest focuses on CGE modeling, risk and resilience, transportation planning and policy. He has a strong background in impact assessments of infrastructure investment policy, transportation resilience, and natural hazards using different types of CGE models. He is the lead developer of the Economic Consequence Analysis Tool, an Excel-VBA software that is intended for policymakers and analysts who need quick estimates of the economic impact of numerous threats, including terrorism, natural disasters, and technological accidents.

Zhenhua’s dissertation develops, demonstrates and applies a new extension to computable general equilibrium analysis with an integration of spatial econometrics to assist policy makers in assessing the impact of public infrastructure investments on economic output at different geographic scales (national, state and metropolitan) with an emphasis on the U.S. northeast megaregion. His dissertation receives a series of awards, including the Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science awarded by North American Regional Science Council, the Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Fellowship Award awarded by Economic Club of Washington, D.C., and the 2014 RSAI Best Dissertation Award.

Zhenhua’s recent research has been published on Transport Reviews, Journal of Transport Geography, Transportation, Annals of Regional Science, Papers in Regional Science, Economic Development Quarterly, Public Works Management and Policy, Applied Economic Letters, Case Studies on Transport Policy, Journal of Transportation Research Forum and Transportation Law Journal.  His recent book "Chinese Railways in the Era of High Speed" is co-authored with Kingsley Haynes (Emerald,2015).

Before coming to USC,, Zhenhua received his PhD in Public Policy at George Mason University, a MA in Regional Economics from the College of Economics at Shenzhen University in China.