Wu Xin received her Ph.D in Ancient Near Eastern art and archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Also with a training in Chinese archaeology, Wu Xin has developed a broad interest in the issues of cultural interactions across the extensive geographic area between China and eastern Mediterranean world, especially the social and political relations between the Persians, Central Asians and the steppe nomads during the Achaemenid Persian period (between the 6th and 4th centuries AD). Wu Xin is currently preparing a book that is derived from her dissertation "Central Asian in the Context of the Achaemenid Persian Empire". She is also working on a project intending to elucidate the early cultural exchanges between Central Asia and China (ca. 5th to 2nd centuries BC).