Rong is a Chiang Ching-kuo Postdoctoral Fellow and Affiliated Researcher at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Before moving to the UK, Rong received her BA and MA in International Studies at Peking University, during which time she developed an interest in international history. In 2020, she received her PhD in modern Chinese history at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Hans van de Ven, with a dissertation entitled, “Confronting the ‘European War’ in Early Republican China: ROC’s Constitutional Process and the First World War”.
Rong was a Grace and Thomas Chan scholar from 2013 to 2016 and a visiting scholar at Academia Sinica, Taiwan, in 2016. She is member of the Association for Asian Studies, the British Association for Chinese Studies and the Royal Asiatic Society.