Welcome! I am M.Phil. student in Social Science (with Postgraduate Studentship and Dr Charles Chan Postgraduate Scholarship) from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology . I study authoritarian politics. My substantive interests include political leadership and international influences on autocracies. Methodologically, I am interested in text-as-data analysis, predictive modelling, and social network analysis. My academic advisor is Professor Jean Hong

I hold an M.Sc. in Global China Studies from HKUST (2019, graduated with Dean's Award) 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


If you want to know more about my research projects, email me at ruilin.lai@connect.ust.hk. 

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