Hello, I am Associate Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at and Director of Chinese Studies at Syracuse University, where I teach courses on Chinese politics, comparative autocracy, research methods, and foreign policy. My research covers a broad range of topics broadly tied to public participation in politics, whether that means turning out for an election or showing up to a street protest. In the Chinese context, the research mainly revolves around regime strategies and institutions for harnessing public participation for the instrumental goal of staying in power through improved governance. Outside of China, my work focuses on elections, corruption, and foreign investment. My work is primarily empirical, relying heavily on randomized surveys and original data on sub-national legislative, judicial, electoral, and protest activity. Some of my papers have been published in the Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, Political Science, the Journal of East Asian Studies, and the Asian Journal of Economics.

I am currently a China Fellow at the Wilson Center and Public Intellectual with the National Committee on US China Relations.

My co-authored book on Chinese governance institutions, China’s Governance Puzzle, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

My newest book on digital participation and authoritarianism, entitled Retrofitting Leninism, is now available for order with Oxford University Press.

Ph.D. University of California at San Diego – 2014

Field of Study: Comparative political economy, authoritarian institutions, governance, survey methods

Curriculum Vitae

See my new book now available for pre-order from Oxford University Press:

Retrofitting Leninism: Participation without Democracy in China


Previous book:

China’s Governance Puzzle: Enabling Transparency and Participation in a Single-Party State (co-authored with Jonathan Stromseth and Edmund Malesky) here.

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