IMG_4874I am a Postdoctoral Scholar and Teaching Fellow at the University of Southern California’s School of International Relations. Starting this summer, I will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, Philosophy, and Political Science at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus.  Previously, I was a China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. My research interests include China, social movements, labor, nationalism, and authoritarianism. I have a book manuscript under review, tentatively titled “Resistance, Repression, Responsiveness: Workers and Change in China,” which uses an original crowd-sourced and geo-referenced dataset of strikes by Chinese workers, as well as regional case studies grounded in extensive interviews, to show that rising industrial contention is pushing local authorities to paradoxically increase their capacity for both repression and responsiveness. My PhD is from Cornell University’s Department of Government and my graduate research was supported by a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation. I have a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA from Oberlin College. Before reentering academia, I worked in the non-profit world, supporting workers’ rights and improved grassroots governance in China.

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