Shujing received her B.A. from Peking University and obtained an MPhil. and a Ph.D. from the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. Her doctoral dissertation, Pastoralists at the Crossroads: Late Iron Age Kurgan Burials in the Periphery of the Bukhara Oasis, investigated complex funerary practices, diverse identities, local production, and exchanges in western Central Asia in the Late Iron Age (ca. 3rd century BCE–3rd century CE). She is currently the field director for the archaeological excavations of Bukharan burials in Uzbekistan. She has also excavated at various sites in China, Poland, and Armenia.
Her research interests include Central Asian and Chinese art and archaeology, intercultural exchanges along the Silk Roads, the study of networks, pottery production and behavioral chains. Currently, she is working on a research project entitled Rethinking the ‘Colonization’ on the Silk Road: Migration, Exchange, and Social Network of the Turfan Oasis from Late Antiquity to the Early Medieval Period. Her project aims to visualize the interactions of different migrants archaeologically via the Silk Road networks within the context of the mutual encounters of diverse cultural traditions.