I study the political economy of development and authoritarian governance, with a focus on China. I have written on authoritarian media control strategies, the role of entrenched economic interests in blocking environmental governance reforms, the management of popular protest, and the rise of rights consciousness in China, among other topics.
I am currently completing a book on how the Chinese Communist Party manages political participation in order to gather crucial information that improves its capacity for effective governance and social control, while also taking steps to mitigate the spread of that same information from citizen to citizen that could undermine its rule.
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, and the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and new research is forthcoming in World Development. My research has also attracted attention from mass media outlets including the Boston Review, California Magazine, The Diplomat, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books blog, and Slate.
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 Chinese University of Hong Kong.