Wei Gan comes to Princeton with a B.A. in cultural anthropology from Duke University, for which she completed an ethnography of conspiracy theorists in Texas. After spending some years bartending and running a vegan ice cream company in New York City, she is now a second-year PhD student working on a project related to Chinese and Chinese-American philanthropy. Her research explores the interpenetrating fields of philanthropy, charity, nonprofits, and NGOs, and the ways in which these sectors emerge at the borders of the social and operate in relation to state and global ideologies. Of particular interest are the circuitries of sociopolitical visions, moral and ethical economies, and humanitarian reason woven through public interest projects, and the underlying hope of practitioners to recapture the political and bring into being their dreams of something more meaningful.