I am a fourth year Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University at Buffalo. My major is American politics and Comparative politics, with a specific focus on political behavior and comparative political economy. I am especially interested in how the government generate legitimacy and to what extent public services provision is related to it.
In my master’s thesis, I conducted archival studies and in-depth interviews with representatives, public officials, and doctors to gather a full picture of how national immunization policy in Taiwan has changed since the 1990s. My argument is that the legislative elections pressured the minor party to claim welfare policies in order to expand their electoral support. Since the opposition party was developing, they needed to dominate specific issues to consolidate their electoral support. Link
Currently, my research investigates how authoritarian regimes strategically provide necessary public goods to ameliorate the risk of social unrest. I aim to understand how the authoritarian regime provides public goods to achieve passive support without provoking additional threats.
Outside of academia, I am passionate about human rights issues and have participated in human rights advocacy. I previously served as a Board member in Amnesty International Taiwan from 2016 to 2018. In addition, I love mountain climbing and swimming, and I enjoy growing my own green onions, even in the freezing Buffalo weather.
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