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Academic Employment

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

Assistant Professor of Economics (on leave), New York University - Abu Dhabi, September 2020 --
          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

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 International Economics, Fudan University (minor in Legal Studies), 2009

Research Interests

Economic History, Political Economy, Cultural Economics, Development Economics


Professional Activities

Referee -- Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of the European Economic Association, Economic Journal, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Human Resources, European Economic Review, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Economic Inquiry, Cambridge Journal of Economics, China Economic Review; Economics and Politics, Journal of Peace Research; Princeton University Press, Palgrave Macmillan; Swiss National Science Foundation. 

[Economic History] Journal of Economic History, Economic History Review, Explorations in Economic History, European Review of Economic History, Research in Economic History, Economic History of Developing Regions, Australian Economic History Review.

Invited Seminars

"Women and Asylums"

Queen Mary (scheduled); Chicago Booth (scheduled); King's College London (scheduled); Warwick (scheduled); ISER (scheduled); LSE/UCD Economic History Coffee Hour (scheduled); London School of Economics (October 2021); Brown Growth Breakfast (April 2021); Northwestern Economic History Lunch (March 2021).

"The Short- and Long-Run Effects of Affirmative Action"

LSE Asia Economic History Seminar (scheduled); Korea University (scheduled); University College London - SSEES (November 2021); JEES (November 2021); POLECONUK Webinar (October 2021); Peking University (June 2021).

"Autocratic Rule and Social Capital"

Yale University (September 2021); Chicago Harris (February 2019); New York University - Abu Dhabi (February 2019); CKGSB (January 2019); University of California at San Diego (November 2018); Higher School of Economics (March 2018); University of California at Irvine (June 2017); Williams College (March 2017); Brown University (February 2017); Bonn (November 2016); Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (September 2016); NUS Business School (August 2016); UCLA Anderson Brown Bag (May 2016); UCLA Economic History Proseminar (April 2016).

"High-Value Work and the Rise of Women"

London School of Economics (February 2021); Amherst College (Asian Languages and Civilizations, April 2019); Stockholm School of Economics (SITE, February 2019); Trinity College (December 2018); Université Catholique de Louvain (June 2018); University of Copenhagen (March 2018); NYU Stern (October 2017); Northwestern University (April 2017); Brown University (February 2017); Toulouse IAST (November 2016); University of Arizona (October 2016); Chapman University (October 2016); University of New South Wales (September 2016); Monash University (August 2016); University of Bologna (May 2016); University of California at Davis (March 2016).


C-BID (October 2021); Swansea (March 2021); Bonn (October 2020); Stellenbosch University (LEAP, July 2020); Asian Global Institute (January 2020); George Mason University (March 2019); University of Nottingham (February 2019); Northwestern University (November 2018); Universitat Pompeu Fabra (April 2018); New Economic School (March 2018); Toulouse IAST (March 2018).

Conference Presentations

2022   ASSA 2022 (scheduled), WEHC (scheduled).

2021   EHA (discussant), EHS, SSHA (2), Oxford-Warwick-LSE Workshop in Economic History, NYU QCSS-2021 (discussant), YSI Economic History Graduate Webinar (discussant), "Sex Ratios and Missing Girls in History" Online Series (invited), SEA -- Economic Growth Mini-Conference.

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, North American Meeting of the Econometric Society, World Economic History Conference, Asian Historical Economics Conference.

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, ASREC, SSHA, World  Economic History Conference, IRES Graduate Student Workshop.

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.


Sessions Organized

Co-organizer, "The Infrastructure of Power in East Asian Empires", World Congress of Economic History, August 2022 (scheduled). 
Organizer, "Gender Norms in a Historical Perspective", Economic History Society Annual Meeting, April 2021. 

Courses Taught

Michaelmas  2021                 The Making of an Economic Superpower: China since 1850, London School of Economics [Reading List]
Spring 2020 – Spring 2021  Global Economic, Political and Social Development Since 1500, New York University (AD) [Syllabus]
Fall 2017/Fall 2018                Topics in Economic History: Economic History of China, Northwestern University 
Spring 2015                             Topics in Economic History, George Mason University