I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Previously, I received my double bachelor's degrees in Political Science & Public Administration and Economics from Peking University and a master's degree in International Strategy & Development from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
My research interests include public opinion and political behavior, authoritarian politics, political economy, political communication, and international security with a regional focus on China and East Asia. Methodologically, I am interested in causal inference and mixed methods.
My dissertation, Manufacturing A Divided Leviathan: Redistribution, Information, and Popular Authoritarianism in China, brings the multilevel architecture of government back in the study of authoritarian regimes and examines via experiments, survey and text data, formal models as well as qualitative evidence how China's redistributive public policy and information management disaggregate the multi-layered political authorities in mass public’s political perceptions and actions, thereby undercutting bottom-up democratization and entrenching top-down authoritarian rule. The dissertation should shed new light on the mass public foundations of resilient and comparative authoritarianism.
My teaching interests include comparative politics, international relations, political economy, research methods, and politics and international relations of China and East Asia.