I’m currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Center for the Study of Contemporary China. My primary research project centers on public opinion in mainland China, especially online and with regard to foreign affairs, and the government responses to online expression. I argue that the Chinese public is capable of offering meaningful and independent views on China’s foreign relations that may challenge state policies, but that whether these views emerge depends on both the nature of the issue and the quality of the state’s initial propaganda response. This research is based on a unique corpus of about 300 million social media posts along with traditional media articles and interview data.
Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, I earned my B.A. in Chinese studies and political science at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in 2008. Since that time I’ve spent two years living in Beijing, studied twice at IUP-Tsinghua, and made numerous other research and personal visits to the PRC, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
I currently live in Philadelphia with my wife, Mandi. Less scholarly interests include technology and software development, urban planning and transit, and following Michigan/Detroit sports.
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