I am an assistant professor at University of California, Irvine's Department of Political Science. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2017 and was a Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia at Stanford University’s Asia Pacific Research Center.

My research focuses on comparative political economy, development, and social welfare. My current book project, Local Citizenship in China, examines sub-national variation in access to citizenship rights in China. From 2014-2016, I was a Visiting Research Fellow at the National School of Development's China Center for Health Economics Research at Peking University.

My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education through the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad, and the Social Science Research Council's Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, among others.

Before completing my Ph.D., I received my M.A. in International Relations at the University of Chicago, A.M. in Public Policy from University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy, and a B.A. from the University of Richmond.