Welcome 欢迎 환영합니다! I am a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Pennsylvania. My research interests are in the coercive uses of military force, the causes of war and peace, and the national security strategies of China, the United States, and South Korea.
My dissertation explains how coercive actions during interstate crises can backfire and inadvertently escalate to war. It does so by introducing a novel theory of provocation and developing game-theoretic models that analyze how the theory affects crisis dynamics. To test the theoretical claims, it traces historical cases using primary Chinese sources. The implications of these findings are then discussed with reference to the South China Sea today. More on my research can be found here.