Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Singapore Management University. I received my Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Virginia in August 2018. I was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s International Security Center, a predoctoral fellow at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies of the George Washington University, and a Minerva-USIP Peace Scholar. 

I study interstate conflicts, with a focus on public opinion, authoritarian politics, and international relations in East Asia. I use a variety of methods in my research, including text analysis, survey experiments, qualitative archival work, and statistical analysis.

My book project, entitled “The Dog that Barks: Understanding Media Campaigns on International Disputes,” examines the motivations and approaches when authoritarian states allow, promote, or even stage-manage media coverage of a foreign dispute, using primary sources from archives and interviews in China and Vietnam as well as automated text analysis of Chinese official media. 

My research has been supported by the Minerva-U.S. Institute of Peace initiative, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, the Quandt Fund for International Research, and the East Asia Center at University of Virginia, among others. 

I received a joint M.A. in International Relations and Comparative Politics from George Washington University and National University of Singapore, and a B.A. in Law from Peking University.

Click here to see my CV. (Updated September 1, 2020)