I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Merced. In 2018-19 I am on leave at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, as a Campbell National Fellow and the Susan Louise Dyer Peace Fellow. My research focuses on information flow and opinion formation in authoritarian settings, including misinformation, media freedom, and propaganda, often with inspirations drawn from China. I have also studied topics related to 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, Political Research Quarterly, Political Science Research and Methods, and Research & Politics, among other journals. I have also been cited or quoted in Foreign Policy, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Quartz, the South China Morning Post, the Washington Post, and other media outlets. I teach courses on authoritarian politics, game theory, Chinese politics, and comparative institutions.