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 the political economy of institutions and development. I am particularly interested in unpacking the institutional and policy foundations of nation state-building and economic development in multi-ethnic societies.

Between 2012 and 2014, I was a Fulbright Fellow at UCLA. I received my M.A. in political science from Columbia University and a dual B.A. degree in political science and journalism from National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan. I have also studied mass communication, politics, and sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the National University of Ireland, Galway.