CV in PDF format


Updated: 10-10-2017




Assistant Professor of Economics, University of San Francisco (2017-present)

Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley (2007-2017)





PhD            Business (Economics), Stanford University Graduate School of Business (2007)

MA             Economics, Stanford University (2005)

MA             Political Science, Stanford University (2003)

Diploma      Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science (1999)

BA              Asian Studies, Dartmouth College (1993)





“Designing Contentious Politics.” Forthcoming. Modern China.

“Racing to the Bottom or to the Top? Decentralization and Governance Reform in China.” 2017. World Development (with Daniel Mattingly and Denise van der Kamp).

“Qualitative Investigation of Theoretical Models: The Value of Process Tracing.” 2017. Journal of Theoretical Politics (with Taylor Fravel and Jack Paine).

“Gene discovery for Mendelian conditions via social networking: de novo variants in KDM1A cause developmental delay and distinctive facial features.” 2016. Genetics in Medicine 18: 788-795 (with Jessica X. Chong, Joon-Ho Yu, Seema Jamal, Holly K. Tabor, Anita Rauch, Margarita Sifuentes Saenz, Karynne E. Patterson, Deborah A. Nickerson, and Michael J. Bamshad).

“Understanding China’s Rising Rights Consciousness.” 2015. China Quarterly 223:638-657 (with Suzanne Scoggins).

“China’s Strategic Censorship.” 2014. American Journal of Political Science 58(2): 402-14.

“Undermining authoritarian innovation: The power of China’s industrial giants.” 2014. Journal of Politics 76(1): 182-194 (with Pierre Landry and John Yasuda).

“Regularizing Rioting: Permitting Public Protest in an Authoritarian Regime.” 2013. Quarterly Journal of Political Science 8(2): 127-158.

“Death and Development.” 2008. Journal of Economic Growth 13(2): 81-124 (with John McMillan and Romain Wacziarg).

“Domestic Capital Market Reform and Access to Global Finance: Making Markets Work.” 2003. In Robert E. Litan , Michael Pomerleano, and V. Sundararajan, eds., The Future of Domestic Capital Markets in Developing Countries. Brookings (with Peter Blair Henry).





China’s Controlled Burn: Information management and state-society relations under authoritarianism. (under contract at Cambridge University Press)





“Countering Liberation Technology: The Internet and Press Freedom in Single-Party Regimes” (with Sara Newland).

“Rescuing Autocracy from Itself: China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign” (with Xi Lu).






“A Chinese Rights Revolution Reversed?” The Diplomat, August 21, 2015 (with Suzanne Scoggins).

“” 2006. Stanford GSB Case No. SM-91 (with William P. Barnett).

“UFSoft” 2005. Stanford GSB Case No. SM-92 (with William P. Barnett).

“The Environment for Entrepreneurship in China” 2002. Stanford GSB Case No. E-198 (with William P. Barnett).

“A Pleasant Surprise: New measures for foreign-invested retail and wholesale joint ventures.” Business China, Economist Intelligence Unit, August 16, 1999.

“When All Else Fails: Prosecuting deadbeats” Business China, Economist Intelligence Unit, August 2, 1999.

“The Answer Lies Within: Managing accounts receivable is a perennial problem in China. It needn’t be.” Business China, Economist Intelligence Unit, August 2, 1999.








Chinese Politics (Undergraduate lecture-UC Berkeley)

Intermediate Macroeconomics (Undergraduate lecture-University of San Francisco)

The Political Economy of China (Junior seminar-UC Berkeley)

The Political Economy of China (Undergraduate lecture-UC Berkeley)

The Rise of China (Junior seminar-UC Berkeley)



Authoritarian Politics (PhD seminar-UC Berkeley)

The Chinese Economy (International Policy Studies/Economics MA Course-Stanford)

Essential Methodological Tools (PhD lecture-UC Berkeley)

Formal Models in Political Science (PhD lecture-UC Berkeley)

International Development (MBA course-Stanford Graduate School of Business)

International Trade (Graduate lecture, Economics-University of San Francisco)

The Political Economy of China (PhD seminar-UC Berkeley)

Research Workshop in Formal Modeling (PhD workshop-UC Berkeley)





Faculty Residential Research Award, Institute for East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, 2012-15

National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 2011-12

Faculty Working Group on Managing Uncertainty, Institute for East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, Spring 2011

UC Regents’ Junior Faculty Fellowship, Summer 2010

Berkeley Institute for International Studies Junior Faculty Fellowship, 2009-10

National Committee on US-China Relations Public Intellectuals Program, 2008-10

Pre-Doctoral Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, 2005-2006

John M. Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics, Summers 2004-2006

Michael Spence Fellowship, 2003-2005

Robert L. and Merily O. Swanson Fellowship, 2002-2003

Advanced Disciplinary Training Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2001-2002

Asia-Pacific Scholar, Stanford University, 2000-2001

Graduate Fellowship, Stanford Political Science Department, 1999-2000

Fulbright Scholarship for study at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1994-1995







University of California at San Diego, Global Policy Studies Seminar, January 2018

Harvard University, Chinese Politics in Comparative Perspective, December 2017

University of San Francisco, Monumental Change: China’s Transformation, November 2017

US State Dept, Overseas Security Advisory Council Pan-Asian Regional Council, 2017

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Social Science Seminar, July 2017

Shanghai Jiaotong University, Chinese Politics and Society Workshop, July 2015

University of California, Merced, Understanding Politics Speaker Series, April 2015

University of Pennsylvania, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, March 2015

Princeton University, Comparative Politics Colloquium, March 2015

Conference on State-Society Relations, Fudan University, 2013

China Social Science Workshop, Stanford University, April 2012

Yale, Comparative Politics Workshop, January 2012

Yale, Conference on Non-Democratic Regimes, June 2010

Caltech, Political Economy Seminar, April 2010

Columbia University, Comparative Politics Seminar Series, February 2012

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Political Economy Colloquium, April 2009

University of California at San Diego, Department of Political Science, March 2009

Santa Clara University, Department of Economics, November 2008

Workshop on Media in Contemporary Chinese Politics, Harvard University, April 2009

Political Economics Group student conference at the NBER, Cambridge, MA, April 2005





Econometric Society, China Meeting, Wuhan University, 2017

Econometric Society, Asian Meeting, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2017

American Political Science Association Annual Meetings, 2007-2017

Western Political Science Annual Meetings, 2017

Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meetings, April 2004, 2009-11, 2013-4, 2016-17

Association for Asian Studies Annual Meetings, April 2016

ASSA/Association for Comparative Economic Studies Annual Meetings, Jan 2016

Association for Asian Studies Annual Meetings, discussant, March 2015

Association of Chinese Political Studies Annual Meetings, San Francisco, September 2012

International Studies Association Annual Meetings, March 2012

International Society for New Institutional Economics Annual Meetings, 2009, 2011

Northeast Universities Development Consortium Conference, September 2006

Society for Economic Dynamics, Vancouver, July 2006

Econometric Society World Congress, London, August 2005

Western Economics Association International Annual Conference, San Francisco, July 2005

Pacific Conference for Development Economics, 2005, 2007, 2011

American Economic Association Annual Meetings, discussant, San Diego, 2004






Editorial Board, Asia-Pacific Perspectives, 2017-

Family Advisory Committee, 2015-

Editorial Board, American Journal of Political Science, 2014-2015

Search Committee for Director of Berkeley Institute for East Asian Studies, 2013

Political Science PhD Admissions Committee, 2009-10, 2010-11

Co-director, Political Economy Seminar, Berkeley Center for Political Economy, 2009-10

Faculty Search Committee, Formal Theory, 2008-9

President, PhD Student Association, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2003-2004


Manuscript referee for: American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Asian Politics and Policy, Asian Survey, British Journal of Political Science¸ China Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Economic Inquiry, Economics and Politics, Economics of Governance, Environmental Politics, European Political Science Review, Games and Economic Behavior, Global Environmental Change, Governance, Government and Opposition, International Journal of Communication, International Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, Japanese Journal of Political Science, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Chinese Political Science, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of East Asian Studies, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Peasant Studies, Journal of Politics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Modern China, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, Political Science Research and Methods, Political Studies, Problems of Post Communism, Public Choice, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Science, Routledge, Studies in Comparative International Development, Sustainability, Voluntas, World Development, and World Politics.


Association Memberships: American Economic Association, American Political Science Association, Association for Asian Studies, Association of Chinese Political Studies, Association for Comparative Economic Studies, Midwest Political Science Association, National Committee on US-China Relations





BREAD Summer School in Development Economics at Banff, 2005

Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM) Institute at Harvard University, 2002

International Asian Studies Program at Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1994-1995

Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at National Taiwan University, 1994

Taipei Language Institute in Taichung, Taiwan, Fall-Winter 1990-1

Dartmouth College Foreign Study Program at Beijing Normal University, 1990







Consultant, World Bank Research Group (Finance): Washington, DC, Summer 2004

Freelance journalist: Shanghai, China, Summer 1999

Chief Representative, Technomic Consultants: Shanghai, China, 1996-1998

Market Analyst, Technomic Consultants: Hong Kong, 1995-1996

Research Analyst, International Data Corporation: Hong Kong, 1994




Mandarin Chinese (fluent). Some Cantonese. Some French.