I am a doctoral candidate in government and an Ashford Fellow at Harvard University. My research is on corruption and authoritarianism, with a regional focus on East Asia. My dissertation, entitled Combating Corruption in Authoritarian Regimes: Evidence from China, South Korea, and Taiwan, investigates how and why nondemocracies fight corruption from a historical and comparative perspective. In other projects, I examine the role of quasi-democratic institutions in authoritarian regimes and sources of authoritarian durability.
My research has been supported most recently by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, the Theodore H. Ashford Graduate Fellowship, and the Harvard University Asia Center. While at Harvard, I have served as a Teaching Fellow for undergraduate courses on comparative politics, Chinese politics, Chinese foreign policy, doing business in China, and Japanese politics.
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.