I am a China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. My research interests include social movements, labor politics, China, and comparative authoritarianism. I am presently completing a book manuscript that uses an original crowd-sourced and geo-referenced dataset of strikes by Chinese workers, as well as regional case studies grounded in extensive interviews, to show that rising industrial contention is pushing local authorities to paradoxically increase their capacity for both repression and responsiveness. My PhD is from Cornell University’s Department of Government and my graduate research was supported by a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation. I have a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. Before reentering academia, I worked for several years in the non-profit world, supporting workers’ rights and improved grassroots governance in China.