Welcome 欢迎 환영합니다! I am a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Pennsylvania. For the 2018-19 academic year, I will be a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. My research interests include crisis escalation, coercive diplomacy, and security in the Asia-Pacific, with an emphasis on China, the United States, and South Korea.
My dissertation explains unwanted crisis escalation and conflict with a novel theory of provocation. I test my theory at the individual level with a survey experiment, and develop three game-theoretic models to analyze how provocative behavior affects crisis escalation dynamics and outcomes. Two in-depth case studies on China and three short cases of crises demonstrate the importance of my theory, and the conclusion discusses policy implications in the context of the South China Sea today. More on my research can be found here.