I am a Reader in International Development and Public Policy at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. I also have extensive experience in the policy world. I have worked at multiple development organizations, including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank. I was also a visiting researcher at the Bank of Finland and consulted with UNIDO. I have also worked at the People's Bank of China as a summer Ph.D. researcher. My research has appeared in many international peer-reviewed journals, such as  International Organization, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, American Review of Public Administration, Public Administration, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and Journal of Chinese Political Science.  My work has been invited to present at various government agencies, such as China's Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Commerce, the U. S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Bank of Finland, and UNDP. I was a Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University and received my Ph.D. specializing in International Economic and Development Policy from the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park.

My research spans the areas of global development, global governance, global public policy, and international political economy, with a particular focus on synthesizing a “top-down” of international governmental organizations (IGOs) and a “bottom-up” of international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) perspectives to answer urgent questions in the world of development. 

Specifically, most of my research centers around three main streams. 

In addition, I regularly conduct evidenced-based policy studies and impact evaluations by taking advantage of various data and empirical methods, with a particular focus on the Chinese context.