I study technology and conflict in East Asia. My research focuses on how countries leverage nuclear, space, cyber, and missile technology for coercion. I examine this question with respect to China. My current work explains how and why China has substituted nuclear coercion with space, cyber, and conventional missile coercion in a Taiwan conflict. My work on China's nuclear strategy has been published in International Security.
I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University. I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University for the 2018-9 academic year.
I completed my Ph.D. at the Political Science Department at MIT in 2018, where I was also a member of the Security Studies Program. I was a pre-doctoral fellow in the Cyber Security Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School in 2017-8 and a Ph.D. Research Fellow at the Renmin University of China in 2015-6. I spent over a year doing field work in China, supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation, MIT Center for International Studies, and the China Confucius Institute.
Before commencing my Ph.D., I was a Research Associate at the Lowy Institute for International Policy and was admitted to practice as a lawyer in Australia.
Photo (left): missile testing equipment at a former missile testing base outside of Beijing.