Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. I am also affiliated with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University as an associate in research. My research interests lie in political economy, state-business relations, economic and industrial policies, with a regional focus on China. I am especially intrigued by the political origins of economic policies and the relationship between capitalism and the authoritarian state. Most of my time is spent thinking about how institutions shape the outcomes of economic policies by channeling the choices of state officials and business actors. My research combines in-depth field interviews with statistical analysis and machine learning.
My first book Manipulating Globalization: The Influence of Bureaucrats on Business in China was published by Stanford University Press. The book explores the political roots of government-business coalitions and economic policy implementation in China. My second book project is on capitalists and authoritarian governance in China, which has received support from the Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award. I am also working on articles related to how capital mobility and political motivations influence tax break policies in China. My research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council (Andrew Mellon Foundation), Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, Institute for Humane Studies, Stanford University and other grants. My articles have appeared in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals. In addition to academic outlets, I have also published in Washington Post and Axios. My comments have been quoted, among others, by Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and National Committee on US-China Relations.
Before joining the SAIS faculty in 2015, I was a Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University and Rajawali Fellow at the Ash Center of Harvard Kennedy School. I received my Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University and an MA in political science from the University of Toronto, as well as BAs in international studies and economics from Peking University. I have research, teaching, and work experience in a number of institutions in the U.S. and China. In addition to research and teaching, I enjoy classic dance, music, poems, and making Asian cuisine.