Graduate Speakers

Yiming Cao

Yiming Cao is a PhD candidate in Economics at Boston University. He works at the intersection of development economics, political economy, and economic history. His research centers around topics such as bureaucracy, corruption, and conflict. His recent work examines building damages in the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake and provides evidence of how the patron-client relationship creates social vulnerabilities that magnify the impact of negative shocks. He is also in the progress of identifying information flows among politicians’ personal networks using state-of-the-art natural language processing (NLP) techniques. Prior to joining Boston University, he received his bachelor's degree at Fudan University.

Haosen Ge

Haosen Ge is a Ph.D. candidate in Politics at Princeton University. He specializes in international political economy, Chinese politics, and quantitative methods. His research seeks to understand how foreign firms leverage political dynamics in host countries to influence policy outcomes. His dissertation re-examines the relationship between asset mobility and government treatment. He puts forward an alternative view that emphasizes how low asset mobility helps foreign firms gain government support. Before coming to Princeton, he obtained an M.A. in political science from Duke University and a B.A. from Fudan University, China.


Bin Huang

Bin Huang is currently a PhD candidate in Economics at University of Zurich. His research interests are in development economics, political economy, and economic history. His current research focuses on state and development in both historical and contemporary settings, such as the legacy of colonial rules, government hierarchy, and industrial policy.

Jia Li

Jia Li is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Pennsylvania State University. With a broad interest in autocratic politics, he researches elections, party organizations, media and propaganda, and corruption under autocracy. He applies quantitative analysis, formal modeling, experiments, and social network analysis in his work. His area focus is on East Asia and Southeast Asia.

Ke Nie

Nie Ke is a doctoral candidate in sociology at UC San Diego. He studies how economic incentives, political interventions, and technological development impact creativity in cultural production and diversity in cultural consumption.

M. Rosemary Pang

M. Rosemary Pang is a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science and Social Data Analytics dual program at the Pennsylvania State University. She studies politics in autocracies with a current focus on party institutionalization and corruption. Her dissertation project focuses on how authoritarian ruling party institutionalization mitigates the impacts of corruption.

Peng Peng

Peng Peng is a PhD candidate in political science at Duke University. She studies domestic politics of state-building and state capacity, in particular, bureaucratic capacity. She uses archival data to investigate different facets of bureaucratic capacity in both democratic and authoritarian settings.

Wenwei Peng

Wenwei Peng is a Ph.D. Candidate in Social Science at HKUST. His research interests lie in the area of political economy, development economics, and crime.

Yu Xiao

Yu Xiao is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Rutgers University. His research interests are in macroeconomics, banking, and financial stability. He worked on bank-run models to study the effect of government guarantees and competition policies on banking sector stability. His current research focuses on central bank digital currency and its potential impact on financial stability from the privacy and competition perspective.

Jing Xu

Jing Xu is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Government and Public Administration at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received her MSc in Public Policy from University College London and BA in Journalism from Zhejiang University. Her research interests include comparative politics, communist legacy, and Chinese politics and policy. Her dissertation mainly focuses on long-lasting impact of communist institutions in China.

Hui Yang

Hui Yang is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science of Tsinghua University. Her research focuses on Chinese politics, People's Congress and judicial reform.

Tony Zirui Yang

Tony Yang is a third-year graduate student in political science at Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses on authoritarian politics, protest movement, and political psychology. In his dissertation, Tony examines why some protesters engage in violent activities during protest movements while others refrain from violence. He also investigates the role of social media in radicalizing protesters and escalating protest movements. Prior to joining the PhD program at Washington University, Tony earned a Bachelor of Law from the School of Law, Renmin University of China.

Elaine Yao

Elaine Yao is a PhD student in Politics at Princeton. Prior to Princeton, she graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in economics and was a research analyst in financial intermediation at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her current research interests include the political dimensions of new media and economic environments in China, as well as formal models of authoritarian politics more broadly.