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I research political parties and East Asian politics, with a particular interest in history. My forthcoming book is about the role of political parties under authoritarianism and investigates the Chinese Communist Party. Asking why the Chinese state is "stronger" in some areas of its realm than in others, I am particularly interested in local government, state bureaucracy and the party's rank and file. Part of my research approaches contemporary outcomes from a long historical perspective and has dealt with the Cultural Revolution, the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) and governance reforms of the Yongzheng Emperor (r. 1722-1735). I have spent altogether two years doing field research in mainland China (Shandong, Hubei, Beijing), Taiwan and Japan. I hold a PhD in political science from Harvard University, was granted a post-doctoral scholarship from the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies (2015-2016), and now work as an Assistant Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica.