I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at University of Washington. My primary research and teaching interests lie in comparative authoritarian regimes, political economy of development, and Chinese 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 my dissertation and book project, I investigate the politics of local lobbying behind China's high-speed railway project--one of the largest state-led infrastructure programs in modern history, using original qualitative, survey, and quantitative data gathered from my field research.

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.