Hi! I am an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Merced. I study comparative politics and political economy with focuses on authoritarianism, news media, public opinion, and Chinese politics, using game-theoretic modeling and/or survey/experimental methods. My single-authored papers are published or forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Political Research Quarterly. I have a Ph.D. in political science and an M.A. in economics, both from Duke University, as well as an M.P.P. from UC Berkeley. I once worked in what is now the Ministry of Commerce of China (on foreign development assistance to China), which I would like to think gave me some direct understanding of bureaucracy and governance. My revealed preference indicates, however, that I like academic work more.