I am an assistant professor of political science at Brown University. During the 2023-2024 academic year, I will be at at Dartmouth College as the David and Cindy Edelson Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security at the Dickey Center.
My research focuses on international security and Chinese foreign policy, with a particular interest in how bureaucracy shapes state behavior. My first book, Bureaucracies at War (forthcoming with the Cambridge Studies in International Relations series at Cambridge University Press), explores how institutional relationships between political leaders and their national security bureaucracies affect the risk of miscalculation when states are deciding between war and peace. This research has been featured in a number of outlets, including in Foreign Affairs and the Pekingology podcast.
A second book project, supported by a grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation, explores how domestic politics shapes the prospects for international engagement and cooperation between the China and the United States.
My research has been published in International Security, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict of Resolution. My scholarship employs a range of methods to address theoretical puzzles regarding the politics of advisers, diplomatic and military organizations, and international security. Much of this research is substantively focused on improving our understanding of national security decision-making in the People's Republic of China.
I received a PhD in political science from Harvard University and held postdoctoral fellowships at the Belfer Center International Security Program and Harvard-Columbia China and the World Program. My research has been supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Institute for Strategic and Conflict Studies at George Washington University, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. I am a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations.
Previously, I served as a military intelligence officer, with assignments in Afghanistan, US Cyber Command, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Image: Tiananmen Square - 2005