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Academic Employment

Assistant Professor of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), October 2021 --

New York University - Abu Dhabi

      Assistant Professor of Economics, September 2020 -- August 2022 (On leave 2021-2022)

      Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow (Year Zero), September 2019 -- August 2020

Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University, Department of Economics and Center for Economic History, September 2017 -- August 2019 (Supervisor: Joel Mokyr)

Visiting Positions

Visiting Fellow, Toulouse School of Economics, Institute for Advanced Study, March 2018 -- April 2018
Visiting Scholar, Brown University, Department of Economics, January 2017 -- August 2017


Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), September 2015 -- December 2017 

          Concentration: Economic History and Economic Development

          Mentor: Paola Giuliano     

PhD in Economics, George Mason University, 2015
MA in Finance, Claremont McKennna College, 2010
BA in Economics, Fudan University (minor in Legal Studies), 2009

Fields of Interest

Economic History, Political Economy, Cultural Economics, Development Economics

Professional Activities

Referee -- Science; American Economic Review, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Review: Insights, Cambridge Journal of Economics, China Economic Review, Economic Inquiry, Economic Journal, Economica, European Economic Review, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Political Economy Microeconomics, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics; Australian Economic History Review, Economic History of Developing Regions, Economic History Review, European Review of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, Journal of Economic History, Research in Economic History, Social Science History; Economics and Politics, Journal of Peace Research; Cambridge University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Princeton University Press; Israel Science Foundation, Swiss National Science Foundation.

Invited Seminars

2023   LSE Public Policy, Universidad Carlos III, Notre Dame, St Andrews, Cardiff University, University of Manchester, Duke Kunshan, Trinity College Dublin, Reichman University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

2022   LSE Asia Economic History Seminar, University of Warwick, King's College London, Queen Mary, Chicago Booth, Oxford, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, University of Western Australia, Boston University, ISER Macro/Trade Workshop, International Macro History Online Seminar.

2021   LSE, Swansea, Brown Growth Breakfast, Northwestern Economic History Lunch, Yale, University College London (SSEES), Peking University, Korea University, C-BID, JEES, POLECONUK Webinar.

2020   Bonn, University of Hong Kong, LEAP Webinar. 

2019   Chicago Harris, Stockholm School of Economics, Nottingham, NYU Abu Dhabi, CKGSB, George Mason, Amherst.

2018   Toulouse IAST, Higher School of Economics, New Economic School, University of Copenhagen, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Université Catholique de Louvain, Trinity College, Northwestern, UC San Diego.

2017   Brown, Williams College, Northwestern, UC Irvine, NYU Stern.

2016   UC Davis, UCLA Economic History Proseminar, UCLA Anderson Brown Bag, Bologna, NUS Business School, HKUST, Monash, UNSW Sydney, University of Arizona, Chapman University, Toulouse IAST, Bonn.

Conference Presentations 

2023   NBER Economics of Culture and Institutions, Northwestern New Economic History of China Conference, CAGE Economic History Workshop, LSE China Research Day. 

2022   BSE Summer Forum, ASSA (presenter; discussant), EHA, EHS, STEG Workshop: Political Economy and Public Investment, PKU Workshop on Political Economy and Political Selection.

2021   Oxford-Warwick-LSE Workshop in Economic History, ``Sex Ratios and Missing Girls in History" Online Series (invited), SEA -- Economic Growth Mini Conference, EHS, SSHA (2).

2020   BREAD/CEPR/STICERD/TCD Conference on Development Economics.

2019   NBER Organizational Economics Meeting, NYU QCSS-3, IZA/SOLE Transatlantic Meeting for Labor Economists, WPSA Mini-Conference on Autocratic Politics, ASREC.

2018   Barcelona GSE Summer Forum: V Calvó-Armengol International Prize Workshop, Barcelona GSE Summer Forum: Towards Sustained Economic Growth, Northwestern "Narrow Corridor" Book Conference, Deep-Rooted Factors in Comparative Development Conference, Northwestern Economic History of Religion Conference (discussant), Life & Legacy of Douglass North Conference, EHA (presenter; discussant), Cliometric Society, WEHC Boston (2), Asian Historical Economics Conference, North American Meeting of the Econometric Society.

2017   NBER Political Economy Meeting, NBER Summer Institute - Income Distribution and Macroeconomics, ASSA (3), NEUDC, All-UC Economic History Conference, WEAI-Clio, ASREC.

2016   NBER Summer Institute - Development of the American Economy, PacDev, EHA, All-UC Economic History Conference, IOEA (Corsica), HEDG Mini-Conference, ASREC.

2015   NBER Chinese Economy Meeting (discussant), NEUDC, All-UC Economic History Conference, IRES Graduate Student Workshop, Social Science History Association, World Economic History Conference, ASREC.

2014   "Deep Causes of Economic Development" Conference (Utrecht), EHA, Washington Area Development Economics Symposium, Economic History Society, International Society for New Institutional Economics, Southern Economic Association, Hong Kong Economic Association.

Invited Lectures

"The Rise of Women in Historical Perspective," University of Exeter Economists Society, February 2023

"The Chinese Economy in the Long Run" Conference, University of Manchester, October 2022
"Culture, Institutions and Economic Growth: Evidence from China", NYU Abu Dhabi, May 2022

Courses Taught

   London School of Economics:

        Chinese Economic History: Culture, Institutions and Economic Growth. 2021, 2022.
        Quantitative Analysis in Economic History II. Lent Term 2023. 

        Economic Growth, Development, and Capitalism in Historical Perspective. Winter 2024.

   NYU Abu Dhabi:

        Global Economic, Political and Social Development Since 1500. Spring 2020, Spring 2021.  

        Topics in Economic History: Economic History of China. Fall 2017, Fall 2018.

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