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 currently on the 2021-2022 Ph.D. application cycle.


My research interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics, political economy and international relations, with a regional focus on China. Currently, I am working on projects related to political leadership, the political economy of mass media, and global Project Finance investment using econometrics, text-as-data analysis, social network 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