Welcome to my website! I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Purdue University. My research interests lie at the intersection of global governance, international law, and judicial politics. My research is published in Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race and Justice System Journal.
My dissertation, Agents of Recalcitrance: Decentralization and State Compliance with International Human Rights Treaties, develops and tests a theory of how the power dispersion from the central government to local authorities affects state compliance with international human rights treaties. I conduct cross-national time-series analyses of state compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Convention Against Torture. Using a mixed methods approach and original dataset on subnational human rights records, I also investigate U.S. compliance with Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
My most recent research has explored NGO advocacy activities in international organizations. One highlight of this research is that I have used modern techniques of text and network analyses to build novel datasets on NGOs’ agenda-setting power and their collaborative relations.
Beyond my work, I am an avid runner and swimmer. Exercising is my way to relax.
Ph.D. in Political Science, 2020 (Expected)
M.A. in International Relations, 2011
B.A. in English, 2007
Tianjin Foreign Studies University