Welcome! I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University and a pre-doctoral fellow at the Stanford Data Science Institute and Asia-Pacific Research Center. In 2022, I will join the Stanford Internet Observatory as a Postdoctoral Scholar. I study political communication and the political economy of development in non-democracies, with a regional focus on China.
My research seeks to understand how authoritarian regimes perpetuate their rule over societal actors (e.g. citizens, firms) and how preferences and behaviors of these societal actors are shaped as a result. In particular, I focus on how autocrats use deliberative institutions and responsiveness for social control. My dissertation and book project, "Whose Voice Matters? Loyalists, Dissidents, and Responsiveness in China," proposes to re-conceptualize accountability under autocracy as a proactive strategy to cultivate political conformity. I use a mixed-method approach, including qualitative interviews, archival research, computational methods with large-scale datasets, and survey and field experiments.
I hold a LL.B. in International Relations and a B.A. in Economics from Peking University, and a M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University. My CV is available here.