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Invited Talks and Presentations


“Globalization and Political Origins of Economic Policy Implementation in China,” Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 2014


“Globally Distorted Development: Bureaucrats, Businesses and Policy Implementation,” China Social Science Workshop,  Stanford University, 2014


“Globalization, Bureaucrats and Local Industrial Policies in China,” Invited talk, China Speaker Series, University of California - San Diego, 2014.


“The Local Basis of Central Institutional Change: Foreign Capital and Bureaucratic Manipulation of Economic Policies in China,” New Faces in China Studies Conference, Department of Political Science, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2013.


“Globally Distorted Development: Business, the State and Local Capitalism in China,” Invited talk, Department of Political Science and Global Studies Program, Providence College, Providence, RI, 2012.




Harvard University, GIS Institute, 2015


University of California Berkeley, Causal Inference in the Social Sciences Workshop: Matching, Propensity Score and other Strategies, 2013


Social Science Research Council (SSRC) IDRF Workshop, 2012


University of Michigan & University of Massachusetts, ICPSR, Hierarchical Linear Models Workshop, 2011


University of Michigan & University of Maryland, Joint Program in Survey Methodology, 2010 


Harvard University, Social Network Analysis Workshop and Conference, 2009


Duke University, The Center on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness (CGGC), International Summer Research Workshop, 2009


Selected Conferences


Discussant, "China Environmental Governance" Workshop, Watson Institute, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2015.


"The Local Basis of Central Institutional Change: Bureaucratic Manipulation of Economic Policies in a Globalized China," American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2013.


“The Breadth of Developmental Coalitions: Bureaucrats, Global Capital, and State-Mobilized Upgrading in China,” American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2012 . 


“Local Bureaucrats, Varieties of Global Capital, and the Divergent Paths of Industrial Upgrading and Innovation in China’s Electronics Industry,” Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2012.


“National Policy Paradigms and Local Government Initiatives: The Campaign of Industrial Upgrading in China’s Electronics Industry,” Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, 2012. 


“Made in China: Global Production System and Local Industrial Upgrading,” Social Science Research Council (SSRC) IDRF Workshop, Savannah, GA, 2012.


Discussant, “China, the Idea of Neoliberalism and Illusions of Consensus,” workshop on “Dreaming with the BRICS: Neoliberal Ideas and Policy Change Outside the Core,” Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2010.


“Race to the Bottom Competition and Industrial Upgrading in an Era of Globalization: Cases from China's Export Zones," Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Conference, Chicago, 2009.


“Global Capitalism and China’s Uneven Integration into the World Economy,” International Studies Association (ISA)  Annual Conference, New York, NY, 2009. 


“FDI and the Politics of Export Upgrading in China’s Manufacturing Industry,” and served as discussant for the panel “Political Economy of China in an Era of Globalization,” Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2008. 


 “Rethinking the Role of the State: Power Sector Reforms in China,” China-India Development and Relations Symposium, Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations, New York, NY, 2007. 


“Towards a Process-Based Approach in Industrial Transformation: The Case of China,” Harvard East Asia Society (HEAS) Conference, Boston, MA, 2007. 


“Taming the Electric Tiger: The Paradoxical Role of the State in China’s Power Sector,” The Association for Chinese Political Studies Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2007.         


Discussant, “Privatization of Small and Medium Public Firms in China,” Graduate Student Colloquium, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, 2006. 


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