I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Peking University, and a faculty associate at Peking University Research Center for Contemporary China. My primary research and teaching interests lie in comparative political institutions, political economy of development, and authoritarian politics.

My research address the questions of power-sharing among authoritarian elites both with and without the constraints of formal political institutions and how elite interactions, in turn, shape policy outcomes.

In addition to authoritarian elite politics, I am also working on topics including the political and economic implications of weak property rights institutions, and state-society relations in dictatorships. I, along with my coauthor, also collect and maintain a biographical database on the past and present members of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee.

I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Washington.