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Righteous Revolutionaries is available for pre-order, coming Fall 2022 from University of Michigan Press!
Hello! I am a Senior Staff Product Researcher at Shopify, where I conduct pathfinding research on the future of Shopify’s app ecosystem. Previously, I was a mixed methods researcher on the Core Ads team at Meta. My research uses survey, interview, and experimental approaches to understand social perceptions of AI and machine learning, particularly in the context of fairness and responsibility.
Before moving to tech, I was a Research Fellow and Research Director at the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan, where I researched mobilization, violence, and the role of morality in politics. My book, Righteous Revolutionaries: Morality, Mobilization, and Violence in the Making of the Chinese State (University of Michigan Press, Fall 2022), explores how the Chinese Communist Party-state leveraged moral outrage to mobilize collective violence against "class enemies" and build its authority after the 1949 revolution.
My research on social media built on my research on violent mobilization in Maoist China to understand how false news content harms and divides communities in the US. Combining survey experimental and machine learning approaches, we found that sensational content, rich in moral-emotional language, provokes outrage and fear and amplifies support for violence and aggressive online behavior. My other research on China examined the role of moral authority under authoritarianism and Maoist nostalgia. Aside from that, during my time at U of M I oversaw a major data collection project that aims to construct the first comprehensive dataset on LGBT rights in Asia.
I received my PhD in 2017 from the Department of Government at Harvard University. My dissertation, which is the basis of my book project, received the 2018 Walter Dean Burnham Best Dissertation Prize from the Politics and History section of the American Political Science Association. During my time as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard, I taught for undergraduate courses on research design, Chinese political economy, Chinese foreign policy, Chinese business, and economic sociology. Before completing my PhD, I received my B.A. in Sociology and East Asian Studies from Cornell University.
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