I am a PhD candidate in political science at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). My research interests include authoritarian governance, ethnic politics, institutions, the politics of public goods provision and economic development, and quantitative methodology (machine learning, social network analysis, and causal inference). My dissertation studies government policies and institutional arrangements toward ethnic minorities in authoritarian regimes. With a focus on post-1949 China, I ask why dictators grant ethnic local autonomy and how the creation of autonomous territories in minority areas shapes the governance of minority groups and sustains regime durability.
I have received financial support from the Center for Chinese Studies and the International Institute at UCLA, the Harvard-Yenching Library, the Hoover Institution and the East Asian Library at Stanford University, the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, the Universities Service Centre for China Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the China Times Cultural Foundation, and other organizations for my research in the United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mainland China. In Fall 2017, I am a visiting scholar in the Political Science Department at Tsinghua University. Between 2012 and 2014, I am a FSE/Fulbright Fellow at UCLA.
Before coming to UCLA, I received my Master’s degree in political science from Columbia University and a dual BA degree in political science and journalism from National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan. I have also studied mass communication, politics, and sociology in Hong Kong (CUHK) and Ireland (NUI Galway).