I’m currently a lecturer in the Leiden University Institute of Area Studies and a Senior Fellow at the LeidenAsiaCentre. Previously, I was the Head of Global China Research at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin (2020-2021), a scholar with the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy (2011-2019), and an associate professor in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University (2008-2017), both in Beijing. My research focuses on the connections between China’s domestic and international political economy, with a recent focus on varieties of Chinese economic statecraft and economic influence, especially in Southeast Asia and Latin America.

I received my BA in Comparative Politics from the University of Puget Sound (1993), my MA in China and Latin American Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS (1997) and my PhD in Comparative Politics from Cornell (2008).  

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