Comparative Politics
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I am an Assistant Professor in Princeton's Department of Politics and School of Public and International Affairs. I received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University in 2019 and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University from 2020 to 2021.

I study digital authoritarianism, political repression, and the political economy of development. While I have published on authoritarian regimes from a comparative perspective, I have expertise in Chinese Politics. Methodologically, I am interested in experiments, causal inference, and game theory.

My work has been published, or will soon appear, in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, and the Journal of Comparative Economics, among other peer reviewed journals. My dissertation, "Authoritarian Control in the Age of Digital Surveillance", was awarded the 2020 Best Dissertation in the Area of Information Technology and Politics by the American Political Science Association (APSA).