Professor Xia’s areas of interests cover a wide range of topics in social science, including social change and anomie, public policy, social construction of gender, HIV/AIDS, drug use and public health. Prof. Xia came to SASS in 1985, and was promoted to the position of a full professor at the end of 2001. She served as executive director of the SASS Center of Human Health and Social Development, the director of the SASS Center of Social Policy for HIV/AIDS. She also serves as a council member in the Chinese Sociological Association and an executive council member of the Bioethics Commission under the Chinese Society for Dialectics of Nature. In addition, Professor Xia serves as the vice-president for the Drug Law Research Committee and the Life Law Research Committee for the Shanghai Association of Legal Science. She is also the Council of Shanghai Association of Women’s Studies, and the Council of Shanghai Association of STD/HIV Prevention, and was selected to serve on the Expert Committee for Drug Control in Shanghai. Professor Xia has been the P.I. for projects sponsored by the UNDP and the co-P.I. for projects sponsored by the NIH. She has also been a visiting scholar at the Old Dominion University in the U.S. Professor Xia has hosted multiple international and national research conferences. Her work has been presented at international conferences held in France, Japan, Greece, and Hong Kong. She has also been invited to present her work at different universities, including Harvard and Yale in the U.S. Professor Xia has been the first author and co-author for research papers published in high-impact journals including the Lancet. Her works published on the Social Sciences in China have been shared and reprinted several times in the New China Review, and the Chinese Social Sciences Digest. Her book Club Drugs under the Scope of Sociology has become a major reference book for related courses in different universities in China. Professor Xia is the winner of multiple national and local awards. She has received the Shanghai Philosophy and Social Sciences Achievement Award for four times, and has also been awarded the Advanced Individual in National HIV/AIDS Prevention, and the Advanced Individual in the Protection of Women’s and Children’s Rights and Interests. She is also one of the few recipients of the Nomination Prize of Shanghai Women’s Innovation Award, and the Model of the March 8th Red Banner Holder.