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I am a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. I am a graduate affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) and a graduate associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA). My research interests are in international and comparative political economy, with an emphasis on China and the developing world.

My dissertation examines why different parts of the Chinese state adopted contradictory policy responses to the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO). This project is part of my larger research agenda on how international economic rules affect domestic politics in authoritarian regimes, given that these rules require increasingly far-reaching modifications to domestic institutions. My research also examines what, in the absence of electoral pressure, causes authoritarian institutions to adapt and evolve. Focusing on China, I have examined the horizontal diffusion of radical reforms in the late 1970s, bottom-up experimentation in social and political realms and the effects of new transparency mechanisms in the 2000s. 

My publications include an article on the accountability effects of introducing transparency regulations within China's authoritarian system in Governance and a co-authored article on how the economic rise of Asian states affects global health institutions in Global Policy. I have also co-authored a book on the center-local politics of governance experiments in China (Brookings Institution Press) and co-edited a volume on Asia's role in global health governance (Routledge).

More information on my research can be found here