I am currently Assistant Professor of Social Policy and Developoment in the Department of Social Policy at The London School of Economics & Political Science. Previously I was Lecturer in Chinese Politics at King's College London, a postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. - China Institute at University of Southern California, and taught at USC's School of International Relations. I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
My research focuses on NGO development in authoritarian polities,
the linkages between activism and social entrepreneurship, the
political economy of social exclusion, emerging LGBT rights and
activism in the non-Western world, and the changing state-society
relationship in China.
My book, Social Organizations and the Authoritarian State in China (2013, Cambridge University Press),
examines the relationship of social organizations (sometimes referred
as nongovernmental organizations or NGOs) and various levels of
government in China, from the center to the provincial and local. In a
first of its kind comparative study of Chinese NGOs in several issue
areas—environmental protection, HIV/AIDS prevention, and
gay and lesbian rights—I show how
these groups navigate the tight political spaces afforded to them in
the last decade. This research provides a better accounting of the
of civil society in China thereby leading to some more realistic
expectations about the future of the third sector and prospects for
political change. This project builds upon previous research I
conducted while on staff at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC.
In September 2013 I returned to the Wilson Center to give a talk on
my newly published book. You can watch the entire talk, including a
Q&A discussion, by following this link.
If you arrived at this page in search of information on interview
data related to my research—most notable, my article 'The Political
Economy of Social
Organization Registration in China' in The China Quarterly—please follow this link.
Given the practical implications of my research interests and in the spirit of the "Wisconsin Idea," I aim to make my work consumable for both academic and policy communities. To this end, I have adapted my research for general audiences, having published op-eds in Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, South China Morning Post, and CNN.com. For more, please visit my research page.
To contact me, feel free to send an email!