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I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, VU Amsterdam. Prior to my appointment at the VU, I was a Research Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) in the ERC synergy project SOLID.

I received a PhD in Political Science in 2021 and a Master of Research in 2017 from the EUI in Florence, an MSc in Comparative Politics from University College London (UCL) in 2014 and a BA in Translation Studies from Shanghai International Studies University in 2013. 

Please refer to my personal website for more information. 


Research Interest

My research agenda focuses on comparative politics, political behaviourpolitical economy and political methodology.

Substantively, my current substantive research focuses on comparative politics of macroeconomic policies, party & electoral politics, political mobilisation and European politics. I study how crises, policies, political decision-making and policy-making processes shape political behaviour in both the short and long run, with a focus on public opinion formation, political attitudes, electoral bahaviour and political mobilisation (such as protests and social movements), and in turn, how politics influences policy-making and policy outcomes. I am also interested in the elite-level and government behaviour and political communication, trying to connect the supply and demand side of politics.

My methodological approach is to develop and employ customised analysis techniques that can answer substantive questions of interest most effectively. I primarily apply quantitative & computational methods, experiments and quasi-experimental designs and analyse large-scale survey data, high-frequency economic and event data, textual data, network data and social media data. Yet, I supplement the analyses with insights from other approaches such as formal modelling and qualitative observation to bring a well-rounded approach to the study of politics. I am also an avid methodologist, and I have been actively working on quantitative and computational methods, such as Bayesian modelling, time series analysis and machine learning, trying to develop new techniques and improve current ones used in political science. My current research agenda revolves around Bayesian and nonparametric statistics, measurement and time series analysis. I am also interested in combining the aforementioned methods with other causal inference and computational techniques.

My publications, working papers and work in progress can be found on my personal website


I currently co-teach the master-level research design course Political and Policy Research: Philosophy and Design, and I coordinate and teach the graduate-level comparative politics seminar Workshop in Democracy, Power and Inequality and the undergraduate-level methods course Quantitative Research and Methods in Political Science. I am also working with colleagues to improve the training of quantitative and computational research methods for social science students at all levels. Besides teaching at the VU, I am also an instructor of advanced methods at the ECPR Methods School. 

I would be interested in supervising students who work on comparative politics, political behaviour and political economy (broadly defined) using quantitative/experimental methods. Area focus could be advanced industrial democracies, the European Union and authoritarian regimes. Cross-regime comparative investigation and purely methodological work are also welcome. 

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Academic qualification

Political Science, PhD, European University Institute


Political Science, Master, European University Institute


Comparative Politics, Master, University College London


Translation Studies, Bachelor, Shanghai International Studies University



  • J Political Science
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Behaviour
  • Public Opinion
  • Political Economy
  • Political Methodology
  • Economic Policy
  • H Social Sciences
  • Computational Social Science
  • HA Statistics
  • Applied Statistics
  • Bayesian Modelling
  • Causal Inference
  • Time Series Econometrics
  • Machine Learning
  • Text-as-data
  • Survey Methodology
  • Survey Experiment


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