I am an Assistant Professor in Princeton's Department of Politics and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. My research focuses on Chinese politics and theories of authoritarian rule. You can reach me at

My book Making Autocracy Work: Representation and Responsiveness in Modern China investigates the nature of representation in authoritarian systems, specifically the politics surrounding China's National People's Congress (NPC). I argue that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is engineering a system of “representation within bounds” in the NPC, fostering information revelation but silencing political activism. Original data on deputy backgrounds and behaviors is used to explore the nature of representation, policymaking, and incentives in this constrained system. The book is published through Cambridge University Press and is available for sale on Amazon in both hardcopy and paperback.

I'm currently working on a new set of projects on Chinese politics. I'm exploring legislative gridlock in China, the temporal determinants of dissident behavior and crackdowns, ethnic bias in criminal sentencing, new ways to measure public opinion. You can find more information on my working papers on my Research page. 

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