I am a PhD candidate in the Political Science Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I am also a pre-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. In Fall 2020, I will start as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of San Diego.
My research seeks to understand the domestic drivers of states' international behavior, with a focus on China and the Asia-Pacific. My dissertation develops and tests a theory that explains when and why local leaders in China participate in foreign economic coercion. My research has been supported by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the Confucius China Studies Program, and the Center for International Studies at MIT.
I am from the Big Island of Hawaii and received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I also received a Master's degree in International Affairs from Yale University and was previously a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fuling, China.
Photo above: Xi'an, Shaanxi