Melanie Meng Xue is an Assistant Professor of Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research interests include political economy, gender, narratives and traditions, and early modern and modern China. Her work examines the rise of women, the self-perpetuation of authoritarian regimes, and the origin and evolution of antisocial behaviour. By tracing the impact of historical events over time and in various institutional settings, her work centres on the role of values, beliefs, and norms in shaping economic and political disparities. In my research of oral traditions, through analyzing folklore themes, I discovered traditional narratives are an important source of values in contemporary society. This line of inquiry has produced a global dataset of values and beliefs across countries and ethnicities (Summary/Data/Workshop). Melanie earned her PhD in Economics from George Mason University.