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, media, public opinion, and Chinese politics, using formal models, survey research, and/or experimental methods. My solo-authored papers are published or forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of East Asian Studies, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Political Research Quarterly. My co-authored work is forthcoming in Political Science Research and Methods. 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, which I would like to think gave me some direct understanding of bureaucracy and governance. Between doctoral work and formally joining UC Merced I was a formal theory and quantitative methods postdoc at Princeton University.