I am a professor in the Economics Department at the University of San Francisco. I teach in the undergraduate program, supervise students in political economy and international economics in the Master of Science Program in International and Development Economics, which develops empirically minded development practitioners. I also started 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.
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 in order to gather information that improves its capacity for effective governance and social control.
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 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 the Chinese University of Hong Kong.