My research focuses on Chinese and authoritarian politics. My first book, Cities and Stability: Urbanization, Redistribution, and Regime Survival in China, examines the ways that China has managed its growing cities to maintain order. My current book project, Seeking Truth and Hiding Facts: Information, Ideology, and Authoritarian Rule in China, explores how and why authoritarian regimes rule as they do. The book argues that numbers defined Chinese politics, until they failed to count what mattered and what they counted did not measure up. I'm continuing to work on the environmental, political, economic, and social issues connected to urbanization through Cornell's Institute for Social Sciences project, China's Cities: Divisions and Plans.
I teach courses related to urbanization, authoritarianism, and economic development. China's Next Economy is a lecture course focusing on today's debates about the costs and opportunities facing the leaders and citizens of China as they transition into the technology and service-dominated future.
China and Asia-Pacific Studies Program
ullia href="display/n102824" rel="nofollow"Cities and Stability: Urbanization, Redistribution, and Regime Survival in China/a. New York: Oxford University Press. 2014/li
ullia href="http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=onlineaid=10050607fileId=S0007123414000106" rel="nofollow"Juking the Stats: Authoritarian Information Problems in China/a. iBritish Journal of Political Science/i. 2016/li
lia href="display/n67592" rel="nofollow"The Political Geography of Nationalist Protest in China: Cities and the 2012 Anti-Japanese Demonstrations/a. emThe China Quarterly/em. 2016/li
lia href="display/n206767" rel="nofollow"Central vs. Local States: Which Matters More for China’s Urban Growth?/a. emLand Use Policy/em. 38:487-496. 2014/li
lia href="display/n571254" rel="nofollow"Cities, Redistribution, and Authoritarian Regime Survival/a. emJournal of Politics/em. 75:632-645. 2013/li
lia href="display/n322033" rel="nofollow"Who Uses the Clean Development Mechanism? An Empirical Analysis of Projects in Chinese Provinces/a. emGlobal Environmental Change/em. 23:512-521. 2013/li
ullia href="display/n49211" rel="nofollow"Information Politics in Dictatorships/a. emEmerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences/em. 2015/li