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Talks, Conferences, and Workshop Presentations

  • American Political Science Association (APSA) paper presentation, “Importing Civic Education into Authoritarian China” (upcoming) 2021.
  • Beijing University virtual conference panel presentation, “Global Public Goods Provision and Chinese Foreign Policy,” 2021. 
  • Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) panel paper presentation, “The Developmental States and Environment: Governed Market and Environmental Motivations in China and Japan,” 2021.
  • The Global Society of Cross-Taiwan Strait Studies, “Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations – Global Perspectives” (Panel in Mandarin Chinese) 2021.
  • University Salon (formerly Harvard Salon) and US-China Perception Monitor, “American Presidential Elections and Implications” (Panel in Mandarin Chinese) 2020.
  • Nanjing University virtual conference panel presentation, “Sino-U.S. relations in the Trump Era” (conference in Mandarin Chinese) 2020.
  • Fudan University virtual conference panel presentation, “Sino-US relations under the COVID-19 pandemic and U.S. elections” (conference in Mandarin Chinese) 2020.
  • American Political Science Association (APSA) Teaching and Learning conference paper presentation, “Creating social capital in classrooms: how different pedagogical methods could empower students and stimulate civic engagement,” 2020.
  • American Political Science Association (APSA) paper presentation, ”legalization without institutionalization: how the Chinese state uses the law-making process to govern the nascent civil society,” 2019. 
  • American Political Science Association (APSA) paper presentation, “Interactive Censorship: The Editorial Experiences from Political Commentary Publications under Authoritarian China,” 2019.
  • Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) panel paper presentation, “The Trump Administration’s Jacksonian Foreign Policy and Its Implications to the Cross-Strait Relations,” 2019.
  • Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) panel paper presentation, “Earthquakes for Practices: How responses to natural disasters prepared authoritarian states and opposition groups for the Arab Spring,”  2019.
  • China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies and the Global Forum of Chinese Political Scientists conference in Beijing, panel paper presentation “Trump’s China policy and the Evolution of Sino-US relations,”  2019.
  • Zhengzhou Zhenyu Foundation, featured guest speaker, “Leadership and Public Narrative,” 2019.
  • Tsinghua University Alumni Association, featured guest speaker, “Asian Americans and identity politics in the U.S.” 2018.
  • American Political Science Association (APSA) paper presentation, “Smart resistance under authoritarian rule: how the ride-share networks facilitate local collective actions in China,” 2018.
  • Guangzhou Huangpu ancient village, featured guest speaker, “Creating social capital in China – field experiments,” 2018.
  • 2018 Cross-strait issues conference (Beijing), panelist and paper presenter, “The Jacksonian Foreign Policy and its implications to the cross-strait relations,” 2018.
  • Beijing Normal University and Yifang Foundation, featured guest speaker, “The current state of the state-society relations in China,”  2018.
  • Shanghai Youth 100 leadership workshop, organizer and featured speaker, “Leadership, heads, hearts, and hands,” 2018.
  • Shanghai Youth 100 (prep camp) leadership workshop, organizer and featured speaker, “Public Narrative as a leadership practice,” 2018.
  • American University, featured guest speaker, Washington Asia Forum (Asian Studies Research Council): “The Chinese State-Society Relations: Disasters, Social Capital, and Consequences,” 2018.
  • Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) panel paper presentation, “Smart resistance under authoritarian rule: how the ride-share networks facilitate local collective actions in China,” 2018.
  • American University, featured guest speaker to an undergraduate research methods seminar, “conducting mixed-method research,” 2017.
  • NuLiSheHui (a Chinese Youth online forum), featured guest speaker, “Philanthropy and social innovation in China,” 2017.
  • GaoLiPingTianXia (a Chinese Youth online forum), featured guest speaker, “The Comparative Politics of Introducing China,” 2017.
  • American Political Science Association (APSA) panel paper presentation: “Disasters and the Creation of Social Capital,” 2017.
  • Randolph-Macon College, featured speaker: “Political Institutionalization of the Chinese Leadership,” 2017.
  • Hamilton Hall Lecture Series, featured speaker: “The Rise of China and its Implications for the U.S.”  2017.
  • American Political Science Association (APSA) panel paper presentation: “The Origin of Social Capital: Great Transformation in Quake-stricken China", 2016.
  • American Political Science Association (APSA) panel paper presentation: “Perceptions of civil society organizations in rural China: the skeptical society”, 2016.
  • Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) panel paper presentation: “The Origin of Social Capital”, 2016.
  • American Political Science Association (APSA) panel paper presentation: “Civil Society Organizations under Authoritarian Rule”, 2015.
  • Zhejiang University, Featured guest speaker: “Earthquake and Social Capital Accumulation”, 2015.
  • Fudan University, conference on Chinese Philanthropy: Past, Today and the Future. Presented paper: “Perceptions of Charitable Organizations in Rural Sichuan”, 2015.
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education, Conference on: Civic and Moral Education in China. Presented paper: “The Civic Moral and Educational Challenges in Rural China”, 2015.
  • Harvard Kennedy School, “Elite Politics and the Anti-Corruption Campaign” organizer and moderator, 2015.
  • Boston University, Panel talk on Civil Society in China. Presentation given on: “Skeptical Society: Civil Society in China”, 2015.
  • Beijing Normal University, Featured guest speaker: “The origin of social capital?”, 2014.
  • Harvard Shanghai Center, Symposium on Cultivating Civic Consciousness in China. Paper presented: “Earthquake and Civil Society in China since the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake”, 2014.
  • Harvard Kennedy School, panel speaker: “Chinese Politics: Perspectives on China Today”, 2014.
  • Harvard University Ash Center, Featured guest speaker: “Disaster Response and Civil Society”, 2014.                   
  • American University, Featured guest speaker: “Research Methods and doing fieldwork in China”, 2014.
  • Harvard University Chinese Politics Research Workshop, Featured speaker: “Earthquake and Social Capital Accumulation”, 2014.
  • MIT, Featured guest speaker: “Philanthropy and Public Welfare”, 2014.
  • Harvard University, Featured speaker: “Disasters and the Myth of Civil Society Formation in China”, 2014.
  • Mutually Assured Restraint Task Force member, George Washington University, Washington DC. [See here], 2014.                
  • American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, “What IF Students Asked the Questions?: Student-Facilitated Policy Discussion in the University Classroom”, 2014.
  • American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, “Community empowerment in the marginalized population in urban areas”, 2013.
  • Harvard University Ash Center, Featured guest speaker: “Developmental States and Environment”, 2013.
  • American Sociology Association Annual Conference, “The IF method in the Facilitated Classrooms”, 2013.
  • Harvard University China Education Forum, presentation: “Citizenship and Social Innovation”, 2013.
  • Brown University Echo Symposium, Featured guest speaker: “Social Innovation: People, Money and the new approaches”, 2013.
  • Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations, panelist, Panelist: “Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation”, 2013.
  • TEDxHFLS talk, Featured guest speaker: “Mind the Gap: Turning ideas into Impact”, 2013.
  • American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, “Diversity and Controversy in the Facilitated Classroom”, 2013. 
  • American University Washington Semester Program Guest Speaker, “Cross-Culture Communications”, 2013.
  • Fudan University Advanced Forum on In-Depth Research on China, “Contemporary China Studies with the Social Sciences’ Perspective” July, Shanghai China, 2012.
  • National University of Singapore, “History as Controversy: Writing and Teaching Contentious Topics in Asian Histories” November, Singapore, 2011.
  • Harvard Yanching Institute and Nanjing University International Workshop on China Studies, “Social Stratification and Citizenship” July, Nanjing China, 2011.
  • 5th Taiwan Conference: Global Forum of Chinese Political Scientists, “China-U.S. Relations and New Thinking of Cross-Strait Relations” October, Washington DC, 2010.
  • Nanjing University International Workshop on China Studies, “The China Experience under the Global Context” July, Nanjing China, 2010.

Research and Teaching Interest: 

  • Chinese politics (elite politics and grassroots politics)
  • Civil society, social capital, and social organization
  • Civic Engagement Education
  • International Relations with a focus on East Asia
  • Disaster response and crisis management
  • Global environmental politics with a focus on hydro-politics
  • International Political Economy 

Courses Taught:


Latest teaching evaluations:

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