Welcome! I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). My research interests include International/Comparative Political Economy and Political Methodology. My dissertation examines how global production networks have fundamentally reshaped political coalitions among firms and political bargaining between firms and governments. Empirically, I leverage firm-to-firm supply chain data and cutting-edge statistical models to study two prominent cases, the United States and China, as well as their intensified geoeconomic rivalry. My dissertation research has uncovered pervasive and diverse trade coalitions along global value chains and has been featured in the MIT Headline (09/06/2022).
For a related line of research, I investigate the political foundations of China's rise in global production networks. Specifically, I focus on how Chinese central and local governments leverage multiple policy instruments to bargain with lead firms along global value chains and to build China into a global production hub. My work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science and The Chinese Journal of International Politics.
I am also interested in developing new statistical methods for causal inference with network data. My ongoing project introduces new matching methods that can exploit endogenous networks to balance underlying social confounders. Currently, I am developing an R package, matchnet, to facilitate empirical application.
Prior to the PhD program, I hold a Master's degree in International Economics and China Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS, a Master's degree in International Politics from Tsinghua University, and a Bachelor's degree in International Political Economy from Renmin University of China.
I am on the 2023-2024 academic job market. Please feel free to contact me with any questions!