Welcome! I am an Associate Professor at the School of Global and Area Studies at Oxford University. I study and teach comparative politics, political economy, and environmental politics.
My research explores issues in developmental politics and environmental governance, with a focus on China. I examine government strategies for implementing environmental policies in contexts where both rule of law and civil society are weak. I explore these themes in my new book Clean Air at What Cost, which is published with the Cambridge Studies in Law and Society series at Cambridge University Press. I am also developing new projects on regulatory uncertainty, and how actors accustomed to stable rules learn to negotiate unpredictable environments.
My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong. My work has been published in Comparative Politics, Governance, and World Development.
Before coming to Oxford, I was an Assistant Professor at City University of Hong Kong. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. from McGill University, and a B.A. from the University of Cambridge. From 2017-2018, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China.
Prior to beginning my Ph.D. at Berkeley, I worked with the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan and with environmental NGOs in Beijing. I was born and raised in Hong Kong.