Dr Hein is an anthropological archaeologist focusing on pre-historic and early historic China. Her main research interest lies with questions of inter-cultural contact and human-environment interaction. Geographically, she focuses on the so-called border regions of China, which have been zones of interactions since early prehistoric times. Dr Hein has received a broad training in Archaeology, Chinese Studies, East Asian Art History, and Geography at various research institutions in Germany, China, and the United States, which provides her with the necessary background for such an interdisciplinary approach. After completing her doctoral studies at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2013, Dr Hein served as postdoctoral fellow at Hebrew University and at the University of Munich. In January 2016, she joined the faculty of the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford, where she is also affiliated with the Oxford China Centre and with St Hugh's College.