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  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Rochester, 2021 (expected)

    • Dissertation Title: Essays on International Influences on Authoritarian Survival

    • Dissertation Committee: John Duggan (Chair), Randall Stone (Co-chair), Gretchen Helmke, Jack Paine

  • M.A., Political Science, University of Rochester, 2018

  • M.A., Economics, Stony Brook University, 2015

  • B.B.A., Global Business and Information System, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), 2012


  • "Investment with Insecure Property Rights: Capital Outflow Openness under Dictatorship" (The Review of International Organizations, 2022)

  • "Democratization in the Shadow of Globalization" (International Organization, 2021)

  • "Solving the Guardianship Dilemma by War" (Journal of Theoretical Politics, 2021)

  • "Lobbying as a Multidimensional Tug of War" with John Duggan. (Social Choice and Welfare, 2020)

Working Papers

  • "Delegation in International Organizations: United States and the UN Peacekeeping Operations" with Yu Mei.

  • "Democracy, Development, and Multilateralism: A Strategic Model of Vote Buying in the UN Security Council" with Yu Mei.

  • "The FDI Liberalization Dilemma: Balancing Insider and Outsider Threats"

  • "On Runoff Elections and Plurality Voting: Information Aggregation under Divided Majority"

Selected Work in Progress

  • "Crony Capitalism, Inter-Provincial Competition and Public Goods Provision in China"

  • "Paying Respect: The International Politics of China's State Visits" with Randall Stone.

Research Assistantships

  • G. Bingham Powell, “Ideological Representation: Achieved and Astray.” Cambridge University Press, 2019.

  • Jack Paine, “The Coup-Repression Dilemma: Balancing Dual Military Agency Problem.” Summer 2018

  • Lynda Powell, “Legislative Bipartisanship: Explaining Variation in Cross-Party Coalition Building Activity in the 99 State Legislative Chambers.” 2017 - 2019

Fellowships and Awards

  • W. Allen Wallis Institute of Political Economy Fellowship, 2018 - 2019

  • Dean’s List, School of Business and Management, HKUST, Fall 2012

Conference Presentations

  • Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2021)

  • Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2019, 2021)

  • American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2019)

  • Junior Scholar Symposia, Virtual Formal Theory Workshop (2020)

  • Workshop on Comparative Political Selection, National School of Development, Peking University (2019)

  • Emory-Duke-Rochester Political Economy Graduate Research Conference (2019)

Teaching Experience

  • Instructor, PSC 401 Math Fundamentals for Political Science (graduate level), University of Rochester, Fall 2020

  • Teaching Assistant, PSC 101 Introduction to Comparative Politics, University of Rochester, Fall 2019

  • Teaching Assistant, PSC 107 Introduction to Positive Political Theory, University of Rochester, Spring 2019

  • Teaching Assistant, PSC 407 Mathematical Modeling (graduate level), University of Rochester, Fall 2018

  • Teaching Assistant, PSC 251 Authoritarianism, University of Rochester, Spring 2018

  • Teaching Assistant, PSC 267, Identity, Ethnicity and Nationalism, University of Rochester, Fall 2017

  • Teaching Assistant, ECO 303 Intermediate Microeconomics, Stony Brook University, Spring 2014

  • Teaching Assistant, ECO 108 Introduction to Economics, Stony Brook University, Fall 2014

University and Department Service

  • Coordinator, American Politics Working Group, University of Rochester, 2016 – 2017

Referee Service

  • International Organization, Chinese Journal of International Politics, Mathematical Social Sciences

Computer Skills

  • R, Stata, Python, Matlab, ArcGIS, VBA, SQL, Microsoft Office

Language Skills

  • English (fluent), Chinese (native)