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 grand strategy during the Cold War and the role of U.S. foreign policy in the creation of the developmental state in East Asia. I use a mixed-methods approach that combines historical case studies with statistical analysis that uses an original measure of geopolitical alignment. My historical research draws on a wide range of archival resources from the United States and East Asia.
I have a regional specialization in East Asia with a focus on relations across the Taiwan Strait. My work on contemporary Cross-Strait relations has been published in East Asia Forum. I serve as the Senior Editor for Taiwan Security Research, an academic website that aggregates news, commentary, and scholarly analysis on the economic and political 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, a student associate of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, and a Graduate Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). My research has received support from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the East Asian Studies Program, and the Center for International Security Studies at Princeton University.