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).


My research interests span from comparative politics to political communication and international relations. In particular, I study individual leader, media organization, autocratic state and the interactions among the three using econometrics, text-as-data analysis, formal modeling, social networks analysis, and experiment. My academic advisor is Professor Jean Hong


Research Interests:

- Leader: Leader agency in escaping structural constraints and affecting political outcomes

- Media: Political economy of mass media (i.e. media influences, media bias)

- Autocracy: International and historical factors pertaining to autocratic survival 

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