As an undergraduate, Xia Jia majored in Atmospheric Sciences at Peking University. She later entered the Film Studies Program at the Communication University of China, where she completed her Master's thesis: "A Study of Female Figures in Science Fiction Films." In 2014, she obtained a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and World Literature at Peking University, with her dissertation on "Chinese Science Fiction and Its Cultural Politics Since 1990." Today, Xia Jia works as an Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Xi’an Jiaotong University.
Xia Jia has been publishing fiction since college, with works appearing in Science Fiction World and other venues. Several of her stories have won the Galaxy Award. In English translation, she has been published in Clarkesworld and Upgraded. Her first story written in English, “Let’s Have a Talk,” was published in Nature in 2015.