I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at NYU Shanghai (上海纽约大学), as well as an Associate in Research with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. My teaching, research, and writing focus on international relations, political violence, Chinese and Taiwanese politics, social networks, military organizations, strategy, and decision making. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2016, and during the 2016-2017 academic year I was a U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Fellow at Dartmouth’s Dickey Center for International Understanding.
My book manuscript, titled Military Disobedience in China: Networks, Loyalties, and Strategy, draws on new Chinese-language archival data from the Sino-French War (1883-1885) and integrates theoretical insights from international relations, military history, sociology, and East Asian studies in order to develop a theory of why and how military commanders decide to disobey direct orders. I am also pursuing article-length projects on, for example, military desertion in contemporary China, how activation of competing social networks drives military insubordination, and the determinants of disobedience and desertion in the Spanish civil war (1936-1939). My writing has been published in outlets such as International Security, The Review of Policy Research, ChinaFile, Foreign Policy, The Duck of Minerva, and Wired. I am highly proficient in both modern and classical (literary) Chinese.