I am a scholar of comparative politics and currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. My research is on authoritarianism and the politics of corruption and anti-corruption with a regional focus on East Asia—especially China, the Koreas, and Taiwan. My first book project, Cleaning House with an Iron Fist: Authoritarian Anti-Corruption in East Asia and Beyond, based on extensive Chinese and Korean-language research, is about why some autocrats are motivated to curb corruption, why their efforts succeed or fail, and what the political consequences of such efforts are. My writing has been published in the Journal of Democracy and in media outlets such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The National Interest. I received my Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in May of 2019.
I want to thank those organizations that have supported my current research, especially the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, the Theodore H. Ashford Graduate Fellowship, and the Harvard University Asia Center.
Before graduate school, I lived and traveled in East Asia for several years, learning Chinese and Korean along the way. I worked for The Wall Street Journal Asia in Hong Kong, taught English in Xinjiang, and studied Korean in Seoul. I received my B.A., also from Harvard, in Social Studies and East Asian Studies.