I am an Associate Professor in the Department of International Affairs, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia. I received my Ph.D. in political science from University of California, Berkeley in December 2012. Before Berkeley, I studied at School of International Studies, Peking University, China (1999-2003) and Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore (2003-2006).
My research interests are social activism, media politics, political participation, and democratization. My area focus is China. My book, Contesting Cyberspace in China: Online Expression and Authoritarian Resilience (to get the book from Amazon, click here), examines Internet governance in China. By investigating the struggles over online expression—both as a cat-and-mouse censorship game and from the angle of discourse competition—it makes a two-fold counter-intuitive claim: (1) the Chinese party-state can almost indefinitely co-exist with the expansion of emancipating Internet; (2) but the key explanation for this co-existence does not lie in the state’s capacity to control and adapt, as many have argued, but more so in the pluralization of online expression, which empowers not only regime critics, but also pro-regime voices, particularly pro-state nationalism.
A side note: Following the logic in my book, one may better understand authoritarian politics overall. Moreover, I believe it helps explain why the Trump Administration’s China strategy would not weaken authoritarian rule in China, but rather would boost nationalist support for the CCP. Not surprisingly, many in China have called Trump 川建国（”Trump the Nation-Builder”) and his strategy is really making China great.
Media coverage & public exposure:
Yi-ling Liu, Waving goodbye to Weibo, Rest of World, December 21, 2020.
The Economist, The year of the rat-fink Some people in China help the party police the internet, January 18, 2020.
Washington Post, The Cybersecurity 202: U.S. officials: It’s China hacking that keeps us up at night, March 6, 2019.