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 examines media capture (i.e. control of media contents) by governments at home and abroad in democratic and autocratic societies. I am also interested in the roles of political leaders in domestic and international politics. Methodologically, I employ text-as-data analysis, social network analysis, and experiment. My academic advisor is Professor Jean Hong

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