I am a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Tulane University. I study authoritarianism with particular interests in state-business relations and Chinese politics. My dissertation “Wealth without Power: The Rise of Chinese Private Business Elites and Their Relationship to the Communist Party” examines how the CCP incorporates and controls the rising super rich in China in order to prevent state capture and stay in power. My research on China is part of a broader agenda that looks at the state-business relationship in transitional regimes and authoritarian resilience. I hold a M.A. in International Affairs from the Pennsylvania State University, and a B.A. in History from Shanghai Normal University. In my leisure time, I enjoy doing Chinese traditional calligraphy and painting.