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Welcome! I am an assistant professor of political science and faculty associate of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. I have also held visiting positions at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (2014-2015), Fudan Development Institute (2016), and will be a POSCO visiting fellow at University of Hawaii’s East-West Center in the fall of 2018.

My previous and ongoing research can be broadly divided into three research programs that investigate (1) the impact of domestic politics on the process and content of foreign economic and security policies, (2) the impact of global supply chains on trade and investment, and (3) the political economy of trade liberalization in developing and post-communist countries. In all of these research programs, I use China as the primary case of inquiry and employ a variety of methods, including interviews, archival research, historical institutional analysis, survey research, web-scraping, and large-N analysis. 

My research has appeared or is forthcoming in Asian SurveyChinese Journal of International Politics, Chinese Political Science Review, Economic and Political StudiesForeign Policy Analysis, International Studies QuarterlyJournal of Chinese Political Science, Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of Experimental Political Science, Research and Politics as well as edited volumes, and has received grants and awards from such organizations as the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the National Science Foundation of the United States, the American Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, the Association of Chinese Political Studies, the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, the China Times Cultural Foundation, and the Chinese Ministry of Education

A native of Shanghai, China, I received my Bachelor's degree in English and international studies from China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, Master's degrees in political science and statistics from the University of Georgia, and Doctor of Philosophy in political science from Stanford University. My first name is pronounced "shee·ow ji·win".

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