I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. My research and teaching focus on International Political Economy, International Security, and Comparative Political Economy. My research interests are in the political economy of national security, the political economy of development, and the political economy of foreign aid. I have a regional specialization in East Asia with an emphasis on U.S.-China relations and the comparative politics of Taiwan and South Korea. My dissertation examines the role of economic development in U.S. national security policy during the Cold War. It studies the strategic uses of American economic aid and the impact of U.S. foreign policy on the evolution of institutions. I argue that the developmental states of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan were created by the United States in response to the tensions between Washington and Beijing in the early Cold War.
I am also the Senior Editor for Taiwan Security Research (臺灣安全研究), an academic website that aggregates information on the domestic and international dimensions of Taiwan’s security for the benefit of English-language researchers.