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Jack Zhang

PhD Candidate, UC San Diego

Department of Political Science

Welcome! My name is Jack Zhang. I am a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of California, San Diego. My research explores the political economy of trade and conflict in East Asia. My dissertation examines when and why economically interdependent countries use military versus economic coercion in foreign policy disputes. Drawing upon field work in Beijing and original data on Chinese economic coercion, I focus particularly on Chinese behavior towards its trade partners and foreign multinational companies.

My research and teaching interests include international political economy, international security, Chinese politics, and U.S.-China relations. My research has been supported by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, and the Smith Richardson Foundation. Starting September, 2018, I will be a postdoctoral research fellow in the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University.

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