I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Virginia specializing in International Relations. For the 2020-2021 academic year, I will be a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies (ISCS) at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. I am also a Research Fellow affiliated with the National Security Policy Center of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at UVa.
My research has been focused on leaders' reputation-building, diplomacy and foreign public opinion, terrorism, and China’s foreign policy. My dissertation examines under what conditions leadership turnovers tend to increase the risk of interstate conflicts. I am also completing a book manuscript that examines how competing priorities facing the Chinese government at home and abroad shape its responses to political violence in Xinjiang. My research has been supported by the Quantitative Collaborative at the University of Virginia and the Quandt Fund for International Research. My work is forthcoming in the British Journal of Political Science. I received B.A. in Economics and M.A. in International Economics from the University of International Relations, Beijing and M.S. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University.
My CV (last updated in August 2020) is available here.