I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I apply both quantitative and qualitative methods to address various topics in comparative politics, including authoritarian governance, ethnic politics, institutions, and the politics of local public goods provision and economic development.

I have received financial support from the Center for Chinese Studies and the International Institute at UCLA, the Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs at APSA, the Harvard-Yenching Library, the Hoover Institution and the East Asian Library at Stanford University, the Universities Service Centre for China Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, the China Times Cultural Foundation, and other organizations for my research in the United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China. Between 2012 and 2014, I was a Fulbright Fellow at UCLA.

Before coming to UCLA, I received my M.A. in political science from Columbia University and a dual B.A. 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 Europe (NUI Galway).