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. candidate 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 broadly interested in comparative politics, international relations and political communication. Most recently, I have been working on several projects examining the media's role in both democratic and non-democratic societies. My other ongoing research explores the link between political institutions and international project finance loans, determinants of bilateral visits between world leaders, and topics related to authoritarian durability. Methodologically, I use regression, text-as-data analysis, predictive modelling, social networks analysis, and experiment. 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

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