Research interest(s)/area of expertise
My research interests are civil-military relations, clientelism and patronage, globalization and domestic politics, federalism and decentralization, and regional political representation and resource redistribution under authoritarianism, with a focus on contemporary China.
- Ph.D., Political Science, Yale University, 2005
- M.A., Political Science, Temple University, 1999
Economic Openness and Territorial Politics in China. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Peer-reviewed journal articles
“Patronage and Authoritarian Co-optation of the Military: Theory with Evidence from Post-Mao China.” World Development 167, (2023).
“Performance-Based Authoritarianism Revisited: GDP Growth and the Political Fortunes of China's Provincial Leaders.” Modern China 48, no. 5 (2022): 982-1015.
“The Regional Consequences of Authoritarian Power-Sharing: Politburo Representation and Fiscal Redistribution in China.” Japanese Journal of Political Science 20, no. 3 (2019): 162-89.
“Political Decentralization and Inflation: Sub-National Evidence from China” (co-authored with Yasheng Huang). British Journal of Political Science 39, no. 2 (2009): 389-412.
“Authoritarian Co-optation, the Territorial Dimension: Provincial Political Representation in Post-Mao China.” Studies in Comparative International Development 44, no. 1 (2009): 71-93.
“The Determinants of Provincial Presence at the CCP Central Committees, 1978-2002: An Empirical Investigation.” Journal of Contemporary China16, no. 51 (2007): 215-37.
“Global Market Integration and Central Political Control: Foreign Trade and Intergovernmental Relations in China.” Comparative Political Studies 40, no. 4 (2007): 405-34.
“Central-Provincial Relations at the CCP Central Committees: Institutions, Measurement and Empirical Trends, 1978-2002.” The China Quarterly, no. 182 (2005): 338-55.