Zhao Li is a postdoctoral research associate. Starting in 2020, she will become an assistant professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University.

Broadly speaking, she studies democratic representation and accountability in the United States with a focus on campaign finance. Her dissertation research examines what motivates campaign donors to give money to different types of individual or institutional recipients, and the implications of these donations for various aspects of American politics, including interest group influence, the political economy of financial crises, and informational mechanisms of electoral accountability.

Li's research employs a variety of quantitative methods, including quasi-experimental analysis of observational data, record linkage across large administrative datasets, survey experiments, and supervised machine learning. Her work has appeared in the American Political Science Review. 

Selected Publications

Li, Zhao. 2018. How Internal Constraints Shape Interest Group Activities: Evidence from Access-Seeking PACs. American Political Science Review 112(4):792--808.