Welcome! I am an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University and a non-resident fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. In August 2015, I earned my Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley; from 2015-2016, I was the China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ash Center. Located at the nexus of China studies, ethnic politics, and the political economy of development, my dissertation seeks to explain the gap in public service quality and uptake between Han and ethnic minority areas of rural China. More broadly, I am interested in the non-coercive strategies—ranging from media control to interregional trade networks—that authoritarian regimes use to control their citizens, with a particular focus on China.
For more information on my research and teaching, please feel free to contact me at sara[DOT]newland[AT] villanova[DOT] edu.