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Research in Progress

Co-author's affiliation is the current one. Email me for any inaccessible papers or unlinked working papers. 

I am looking for a RA (fluent in any two languages among English,  Chinese, and Korean) with a social science background (political science, economics, sociology, or public policy) to work on new datasets. If you are interested in a RA position, please email me at

Working Paper​s
Work in Progress

Working Papers

"Rights and Deaths: Government Reactions to the Pandemic" (with José Antonio Cheibub, Texas A&M and Adam Przeworski, NYU) Revise and Resubmit

"Does Natural Resource Cause Corruption in China?" (with Wenhui Yang, Peking University) Revise and Resubmit

"Can a Sense of Shared War Experience Increase Refugee Acceptance?" (with Cecilia Mo, UC Berkeley and Christopher Paik, NYUAD) Revise and Resubmit

"Who Funds Whose Infrastructure: Evidence from Global Project Finance Data" (with Ilker Karaca, Iowa State Univ. and Ruilin Lai, WUSTL) Revise and Resubmit

"Repression in China, Money from China, and Attitudes toward China" (with Yusaku Horiuchi, Dartmouth College) under review

"How COVID-19 Affected Democracy Discourses in China: Evidence from Weibo" (with Ting Chen at Baptist U and  Hanying Wei, HKUST)

Work in Progress

Unsustainable Democracy: Post-colonial Autocratization and Its Institutional Consequences

-- book manuscript in progress

The Conflictual Legacy of Civilian Victimization: Evidence from Two Wars in East Asia (with Ning He, NYU)

How Global Media React to Human-Right-Related Scandal in China (with Yusaku Horiuchi, Dartmouth College, and Xinzhuo Huang, HKUST)

How do Fans and Celebrities Reinforce Nationalism in China? (with Yong H. Kim, TAMU, Tianzhu Qin, HKUST, and Han Zhang, HKUST)

Do We Have a Deal? Inferring Closed Autocracies’ Intentions Through Sentiment Analysis of Propaganda (with Edward Goldring, University of York)

International Remittance, Dissolution of Community, and Local Development: Evidence from Chinese Korean Migration

Occupiers and Owners: Legacies of Colonial Enterprises (with Christopher Paik, NYUAD)

The Effect of State-building on the Salience of Ethnicity: Experimental Evidence from Southwest China
(with Jun Fang, University of Michigan, and Jipeng Zhang, Shandong University)

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