I am a comparative political scientist with a topical interest in the political and policy dimensions of environmental change, especially energy and climate, water resource, and marine issues, and a regional focus on East and South Asia, especially China and India. I also possess some expertise in the Middle East, particularly Yemen. Through conducting high-quality, inter-disciplinary research, I strive to better apply advances in the social and environmental sciences to understanding and addressing pressing public policy problems, particularly in the environmental sphere. Because these challenges are often global in scope, cross-national and comparative research methodologies form the foundation of my research.
My research centers on contentious environmental politics, especially environmental security and natural resource conflict issues. Currently, I am mapping the dynamics of political conflict between sub-national jurisdictions and regions regarding shared water resources, particularly in China but also in India. I am especially interested in the role of geography in explaining the propensity of these sub-national entities to engage in cooperation with their neighbors as opposed to conflict. I am also in the early stages of investigating similar dynamics in the field of energy resources, particularly oil and gas. In addition, I maintain a strong general interest in environmental policy as well as international affairs, Chinese politics, and related topics.
I am currently a Giorgio Ruffolo Doctoral Research Fellow with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Sustainability Science Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, where I contribute to the study of water-energy-food nexus issues in China. I am also pursuing a doctorate in Politics at the University of Oxford (expected 2013) under the supervision of Nancy Bermeo, Nuffield Professor of Comparative Politics. I hold an MSc (Distinction) in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford and an AB (Summa cum laude) from Princeton University with a concentration in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and certificates in Environmental Studies and Chinese Language and Culture. I am a Rhodes, Fulbright, and Truman Scholar.