My research centers on the political economy of non-democracies, with a regional focus on China. I am interested in how individual actors (e.g., citizens, firms) interact with the state and state agents that are not held accountable by elections, and how these interactions affect outcomes such as economic growth, government service, quality of institutions, and policy changes. Specifically, my research addresses three distinct sets of questions in non-democracies:
1. How does China sustain its economic growth with weak institutions? 2. What explains the quality of authoritarian institutions? 3. How do institutions treat disadvantaged groups (e.g., ethnic minorities; female politicians)? How do these groups affect institutions and policy changes?