I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program in Princeton University and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon (on leave AY 2017-18). I am also a Fellow of the World Economic Forum's Council on the Future of International Trade and Investment. My research interests lie at the intersection of international and comparative political economy, with an emphasis on China and the developing world. Two broad questions define my research agenda. First: how do the rules of globalization affect politics within authoritarian regimes such as China, given that these rules require increasingly far-reaching modifications to domestic institutions? Second, how does sub-national diversity in authoritarian regimes affect rule-making at the international level?
My book manuscript, State Strategies under Global Rules: Chinese Industrial Policy in the WTO Era, examines why, while WTO entry was designed to bind China more closely to the international order, the resulting policy trajectories were so heterogenous and contradictory. I provide a framework explaining why the Chinese policy response to the WTO was neither top-down nor monolithic, despite single-party rule. In doing so I show that WTO rules, usually thought to constrain member states or credibly commit them to international norms, in fact provoked divergent responses within the state, in ways neither expected nor desired by the architects of those rules. My other research examines the political economy of contemporary reform in China, connecting these domestic politics to economic globalization and institutions of global governance. My work has been published in Governance and Global Policy, and by the Brookings Institution Press and Routledge.
I hold a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University (2017), an MPA in International Development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2011) and a BA (Honors, Distinction) in International Relations and Economics from Stanford University (2002). Apart from research on China and globalization, I have also worked in the public and non-governmental sectors on a range of issues including economic development, international security policy, global governance and governance innovations.
More information on my research can be found here.
My CV can be found here.