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I am an assistant professor of political science at Christopher Newport University of Newport News, Virginia. My research focuses on Chinese politics, disaster and social capital, hydro-politics, and international political economy. I have previously taught at Boston University and taught courses such as “The Pacific Challenge,” “Readings in Public Policy,” “Introduction to Comparative Politics,” “Public Policy and State-Society Relations,” and “China: from Revolution to Reform” for multiple semesters. My current research focuses primarily on the development of the public sphere and the accumulation of social capital after disasters, and I have done extensive fieldwork in Sichuan Province, China by repeatedly interviewing government officials, NGO leaders, and local people in 126 villages and several major cities in the region.
I received a Ph.D. in political science from Boston University. Previously, I graduated as the valedictorian from Ripon College, and earned a master degree in international affairs from the School of International Service (SIS), American University Washington, D.C. I served as the executive assistant for the Center for Asian Studies at American University organizing international conferences and cultural events for 2 years and am currently a resident at the Interactivity Foundation, routinely organizes citizen public discussions in the US and Asia. I am also a researcher at Beijing Normal University in China.