Why would police officers look the other way when criminals run from the scene of a crime? Why would an officer fix a broken lock in exchange for the victim calling to say she reported a break-in by mistake? My research investigates issues of front-line policing and security capacity in the People’s Republic of China. It probes the challenges faced by ground-level officers and their superiors at the Ministry of Public Security as they attempt to do their jobs in the face of funding limitations, reform challenges, and structural issues that complicate police response on the ground. To do so, I rely on interviews, station-level data, news reports, internal documents, and social media postings to understand how local policing in today’s China works.


Policing in the Shadow of Protest, Book Manuscript (in progress)

Rethinking Authoritarian Resilience (in progress)

"China's Unhappy Police," with Kevin O'Brien. Asian Survey, 56: 2 (2016): 225-42.

"Understanding China's Rising Rights Consciousness," with Peter Lorentzen. China Quarterly, 223 (2015): 638-57.

"Navigating Fieldwork as an Outsider: Observations from Interviewing Police Officers in China," PS: Political Science & Politics, 47: 2 (April 2014): 394-7.