Welcome! I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Kent University's School of Politics and International Relations. My research interests lie in authoritarian politics, nationalism, and international relations, focussing on China.
My work explores how international efforts to change a regime's behaviour influence domestic politics and public opinion, and the causes and consequences of rises in authoritarian and nationalist sentiment. Some of this work is published or forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies, Democratization, and Security Studies. In my dissertation and ongoing book project I examine the impacts of foreign human rights pressure on Chinese citizens' political and social preferences, using experimental and survey data, public interviews, and analysis of Chinese media.
I received a PhD in Security Studies from Princeton (2017), MSc in African Studies from Oxford (2008) and BA in Psychology with Philosophy from Oxford (2006).