Welcome! I am a Research Assistant to Professor Leonid Peisakhin and Professor Peter van der Windt at New York University Abu Dhabi, and an M.Phil. student in Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. I hold an M.Sc. in Global China Studies from HKUST (2019) and a B.Soc.Sc. (First Hons) in Government and International Studies from Hong Kong Baptist University (2018), where I was admitted with a full scholarship. I also received academic training from Sciences Po Paris (Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris) (2016-2017) and the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research (2019, with the scholarship from EITM Institute). I am currently on the 2021-2022 Ph.D. application cycle.


My research mainly focus on political leadership (whether and when leaders exert influences on political outcomes & how governments distort domestic and foreign media's coverage of leaders at home and abroad) and bridge comparative politics, international relations and political economy. Methodologically, I am interested in text-as-data analysis and social network analysis. My academic advisor is Professor Jean Hong

If you want to know more about my research, email me. You can also follow me on Twitter @ruilinlai