I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Merced. My research focuses on the politics of information flow and opinion formation in the authoritarian setting, including misinformation, media freedom, and propaganda, often with inspirations drawn from China. I have also worked on electoral competition, reform, and social transition. Methodologically I use formal modeling, survey research, and/or experimental methods.

My research has been published or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, the British Journal of Political Science (2), Comparative Politics, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Theoretical Politics, the Political Research Quarterly, and Political Science Research and Methods, among other journals. I teach courses on authoritarian politics, comparative institutions, game theory, and Chinese politics. Currently I also serve as the Undergraduate Program Chair of UCM Political Science.