About Me

I am Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, jointly appointed by the Department of Political Science and the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs.

I was An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies in 2008-09. I received my PhD from the Australian National University.

My theoretical interests are comparative politics, politics of development, political economy of finance and public finance. My regional interests are primarily China, followed by East and Southeast Asia. I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia.

My book, “Prosper or Perish: The Political Economy of Credit and Fiscal Systems in Rural China” was published by Cornell University Press in 2012. My publications have appeared in Comparative PoliticsInternational Political Science ReviewChina QuarterlyPacific AffairsAsian Survey and the Journal of East Asian Studies. My opinion pieces have also appeared in the Foreign Affairs, Far Eastern Economic Review, China Economic ReviewChina Economic QuarterlyEast Asia Forum, Asia Sentinel, New Mandala and Asia Times Online.

My research were and are currently funded by SSHRC, European Union, Connaught Committee, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, Association of Asian Studies, and International Center for Tax and Development at Sussex University.