I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at United States Military Academy, West Point. I study authoritarian institutions and their relationship to governance outcomes, with a regional focus on China.

I investigate questions such as: What features of authoritarian institutions constrain good governance? What kind of reforms can improve governance, and how do autocrats pursue such reforms without threatening their own political power? How do citizens in authoritarian regimes respond to these reforms? I use a variety of methods, including computational text analysis, original survey research, and qualitative work to answer these questions.