Welcome to my website! I graduated with a Ph.D. in political science from the Pennsylvania State University in May of 2019. I will be a postdoctoral fellow at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) in July of 2019.
I study comparative politics and international relations, with a special focus on ethnic conflict, domestic terrorism, the political economy of development, and East Asian security. In my work I apply a variety of methods, including 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.
My research is published or forthcoming in Energy Policy, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of East Asian Studies, Security Studies, and The China Review.
I received B.A. in Law from Fudan University of China, M.A. in Political Psychology from Stony Brook University, and M.A. in Political Science from Penn State University.
Click here to see my CV. (Updated, April 25, 2019)
My Google Scholar profile can be found here.
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