Dr. Christopher Carothers is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. He is a scholar of comparative politics researching authoritarianism and the politics of corruption and anti-corruption with a regional focus on East Asia. His first book project, based on extensive Chinese and Korean-language research, is about why autocrats are motivated to curb corruption, why their efforts succeed or fail, and what the political consequences of such efforts are. Other completed and ongoing projects examine the role of quasi-democratic institutions in authoritarian regimes, the origins of personalism, and the sources of authoritarian durability. His research has been published in the Journal of Democracy and in media outlets such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The National Interest. Dr. Carothers received his PhD in Government from Harvard University in 2019.