I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. My research and teaching interests are at the intersection of International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Foreign Policy, and the politics of East Asia. My dissertation examines the role of foreign aid in American national security policy during the Cold War and the role of American foreign policy in the formation of the developmental state in East Asia. I use a mixed-methods approach that combines historical case studies based on original archival research with statistical analysis using an original measure of geopolitical alignment. With case studies of U.S. relations with China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, India, Egypt, and West Germany, as well as the domestic politics of the Marshall Plan, my dissertation is a global study of the Cold War that challenges the conventional wisdom about the relationship between foreign aid and geopolitics and the origins of the developmental state.
I am also the Senior Editor for Taiwan Security Research, an academic website that aggregates news, commentary, and scholarly analysis on the domestic, regional, and international dimensions of Taiwan’s security for the benefit of English-language researchers.
At Princeton University, I am a student affiliate of the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program and a student associate of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. In the 2017-2018 academic year, I will be a Graduate Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). My research has received generous support from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and the Center for International Security Studies at Princeton University.