Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Asian and International Studies at the City University of Hong Kong. My research explores issues in comparative political economy and authoritarian politics, with a focus on environmental governance in China. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania.
My research examines an emerging, ‘blunt force’ approach to environmental regulation in China. I analyze why local leaders have resorted to forcibly reducing industrial output or closing down entire industries to address local pollution problems. To explore this phenomenon, I conducted two years of field research in of China. This research was supported by the National Science Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, among others. I am also working on a series of research projects related to environmental governance in China and the developing world, for which I have received an Early Career Scheme Grant from the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong.
Prior to beginning my Ph.D. at Berkeley, I worked with the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan from 2010-2011 and with environmental NGOs in Beijing from 2007-2009. I also received my M.A. in Political Science from McGill University, and my B.A. from the University of Cambridge. I was born and raised in Hong Kong.