Welcome! I am an incoming Ph.D. student in Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis 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 have 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 a scholarship from EITM Institute). In 2021, I was based in Abu Dhabi and worked as a full-time Research Assistant to Professor Leonid Peisakhin and Professor Peter van der Windt at New York University Abu Dhabi. 

I am broadly interested in comparative politics, political communication and political methodology. My research applies computational methods (web scraping, test-as-data analysis, etc.) and statistical inference to uncover media capture in both democracies and autocracies. Currently, I am also working on topics related to Project Finance, a commonly used funding method for domestic infrastructure construction. 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