I am an associate professor in the Economics Department at the University of San Francisco. My research concerns the economics of information, incentives, and institutions, primarily as applied to the development and governance of China. I have written on anti-corruption campaigns, media control, environmental transparency, popular protest, rights consciousness, and the relationship of adult mortality to long-run economic growth, among other topics. I am currently completing a book on how the Chinese Communist Party manages political participation to control information flows to itself and among citizens.
My research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, the China Quarterly, Genetics in Medicine, the Journal of Economic Growth, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Theoretical Politics, Modern China, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and World Development.
At the university of San Francisco I founded and am the director of the new Master of Science in Applied Economics Program, which focuses on training students to work and research in the growing field of Tech Economics. I also supervise graduate students interested in political economy in the Master of Science Program in International and Development Economics. My graduate-level courses include microeconomic theory, international trade, international finance, and a course in institutions, markets, and platforms focused on the digital economy. In the undergraduate program I teach game theory, macroeconomics, and international finance.
As part of the New Books Network Economics Channel I interview authors of recently published books in economics, including political economy.
I earned my PhD in Economic Analysis and Policy from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and my BA in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College. I have also studied at the London School of Economics, Beijing Normal University, National Taiwan University, and on a Fulbright Scholarship at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.