I am a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, and a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Tulane University, with a major field in comparative politics.

I study authoritarianism with particular interests in state-business relations and Chinese politics. My dissertation “Wealth without Power: The Rise of Chinese Private Business Elites and Their Relationship to the Communist Party” examines how the CCP incorporates and controls the rising super rich in China in order to prevent state capture and stay in power. My research on China is part of a broader agenda that looks at the state-business relationship in transitional regimes and authoritarian resilience.

I hold an M.A. in International Affairs from the Pennsylvania State University, and a B.A. in History (minor in Chinese Literature) from Shanghai Normal University. Before starting my PhD at Tulane, I worked as a junior research scholar at Arizona State University where my work focused on science and technology policy in China. In my leisure time, I enjoy doing Chinese traditional calligraphy and painting.