Comparative Politics
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I am a post-doctoral research fellow at Stanford University. I received a PhD in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University in 2019. I will be an assistant professor in Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University from mid-2021.

I study the politics of information, 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).