I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Social Science at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and from September 2021 I will be a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Politics at the University of York in the UK.
I study authoritarianism, with a focus on East Asia. My book manuscript, Elite Purges in Dictatorships, examines the causes of elite purges and their effects on autocratic survival. My central claim is that a dictator’s fear of being unseated by popular protests and foreign adversaries shapes whether to purge elites, who to target, and when to do so. Conversely, existing arguments emphasize how the coup threat shapes patterns of elite purges.
My work has been published or is forthcoming in journals including Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Party Politics, Democratization, and Research & Politics.
PhD in Political Science, 2020
University of Missouri
MA in Intelligence and International Security, 2013
King's College London
BSc in Politics, 2010
“Elite Purges in Dictatorships” (book manuscript, working title)
“The Effects of Elite Purges on Attempted and Successful Coups”
“Measuring Subnational Variation in Peacekeeping Effectiveness” (with Michael Hendricks and Bryce Reeder)
IPSA-USP: Basics of Spatial Interdependence in Theory and Practice, Spring 2018.
PS3000 - Introduction to Political Research, Fall 2017.
PS2700 - Comparative Political Systems, Fall 2016.
PS4700 - America’s Wars in Asia, Spring 2017.
PS4770 - Comparative Political Behavior, Spring 2016.
PS1100 - American Government, Fall 2015.
“How Would Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Handle North Korea?” The National Interest, August 20, 2020.
“Body Politic: Why Kim Jong Un’s Health Still Matters.” NK News, June 26, 2020.
“The importance of regime similarity to explain democratic diffusion.” Democratic Audit, June 26, 2019.
“North Korea is Marching with South Korea at the Olympics Opening Ceremony. Does This Mean a Diplomatic Thaw is Coming?” The Washington Post, February 9, 2018.
“Will U.N. sanctions stop North Korean missile tests? Don’t count on it.” The Washington Post, August 9, 2017.