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Hello! I am a Research Fellow and Research Director at the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies at the University of Michigan, where I research mobilization, violence, and the role of morality in politics. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, also at U of M. My book, Righteous Revolutionaries: Morality, Mobilization, and Violence in the Making of the Chinese State (under contract with University of Michigan Press), 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.
Building on my research on violent mobilization in Maoist China, I am analyzing how false news content harms and divides communities in the US. Combining survey experimental and machine learning approaches, our research team has 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 examines the role of moral authority under authoritarianism and Maoist nostalgia. For my latest project, I am overseeing 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 in 2009.
You can contact me via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.