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 University of Hawaii’s East-West Center (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 Journal of PoliticsInternational Studies Quarterly, Internatoinal AffairsBusiness and Politics, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Chinese Journal of International Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of Experimental Political Science, Pacific AffairsResearch and Politics, among other outlets, 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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