Welcome! I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania. My research explores issues in comparative political economy and authoritarian politics, with a specific focus on environmental governance in China. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
My dissertation 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.
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 in Canada, and my B.A. from the University of Cambridge in the UK. I was born and raised in Hong Kong—a city I still consider home.