Welcome to my website! I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Purdue University. My research interests lie at the intersection of human rights, judicial politics, and global governance. I specifically study how contestation and collaboration between divergent actors determine human rights policies in both domestic and international settings. 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 human rights treaties. I conduct cross-national time-series analyses of state compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention Against Torture. Using a mixed methods approach and original datasets on subnational human rights violations, I also investigate China’s compliance with the Convention Against Torture and U.S. compliance with Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
My most recent research has explored the politics of human rights in intergovernmental organizations. In particular, I study human rights organizations’ advocacy campaigns surrounding the Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations. One highlight of this research is that I have used modern techniques of text and network analyses to build novel datasets on human rights organizations’ 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, 2019 (Expected)
M.A. in International Relations, 2011
B.A. in English, 2007
Tianjin Foreign Studies University