I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Merced. In 2018-19 I am also a Campbell National Fellow and the Susan Louise Dyer Peace Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

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. My work has been published 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 teach courses on authoritarian politics, game theory, Chinese politics, and comparative institutions.