Welcome! I am an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University. In August 2015, I earned my Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Located at the nexus of China studies, ethnic politics, and the political economy of development, my work explores local representation and public service provision in ethnically diverse areas of mainland China and Taiwan. 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. From 2015-2016, I was the China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government; I will return to the Ash Center for the 2017-2018 academic year. Beginning in Fall 2018, I will be an assistant professor of government at Smith College.


For more information on my research and teaching, please feel free to contact me at sara[UNDERSCORE]newland[AT] hks[DOT] harvard[DOT]edu.