Welcome to my website! I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University. I graduated with a Ph.D. in political science from the Pennsylvania State University.
I study international relations and comparative politics, with a special focus on ethnic conflict, the political economy of development, and East Asian security. In my work I apply a variety of methods, including elite interviews, field experiment, game theory, statistical analysis, qualitative archival work, and social network analysis.
My book-length dissertation develops a new theory of how local governments affect ethnic conflict, focusing on China's Xinjiang region as a case in point. I am currently working on revising my doctoral dissertation to convert it into a book manuscript.
I am in the early stages of another book project with Johannes Urpelainen and Thomas Hale that examines the political economy of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. We propose a theory of how transnational interest group consortia develop a project, and push it through domestic bureaucratic politics in both China and recipient countries. This "reverse two-level games" theory further shows how such bottom-up process is structured by high geopolitics.
My work has appeared or is forthcoming in Energy Policy, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of East Asian Studies, Security Studies, and The China Review.
Click here to see my CV. (Updated, November 1, 2019)
My Google Scholar profile can be found here.
Inter-elite Networks of the Inner Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party (1920s)