I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, a graduate student fellow of the Program for Quantitative and Analytical Political Science (QAPS), and a graduate student affiliate with the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China. I study comparative political economy with particular interests in politics of state-building, bureaucracy and corruption. I also do research on statistical methods of causal inference. My work has appeared or will soon appear in Journal of Politics and Research and Politics

In 2015, my paper on state capacity won the Malcolm Jewell Award for the best graduate student paper presented at the Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting. In 2017, my colleagues and I won the Fragile Families Challenge for the best statistical prediction of material hardship among disadvantaged children in the United States.

At Princeton, I have had a lot of joy teaching both substantive and methodological courses at various levels. I have taught courses in comparative politics and international relations to undergraduates. I have also taught the third course in my department’s quantitative methods sequence to PhD students, as well as programming language and research design to entering undergraduates via the Freshman Scholars Institute.