I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada). I am also an honorary member of the University of Sydney’s China Studies Center. I received my PhD in Development Studies and Land Economy at the University of Cambridge. I have previously taught in the Department of Sociology at the State University of New York, Binghamton.

My research interests broadly cover state-society and state-NGO relations, the growth of civil society in China, and the internationalisation of Chinese NGOs. I am currently conducting research on the role of Chinese development assistance in Southeast Asia. Recent research funding from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, allowed an exploration of the “going out” strategy of Chinese NGOs. I have also completed a Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada funded project on Chinese NGOs becoming epistemic communities (see publications page for research outputs). Other projects in the pipeline include: the role of epistemic communities in conflict prone zones and a comparative study of the expansion of China studies in English speaking countries.

I have published in various journals including Journal of Contemporary China, Progress in Development Studies, The China Quarterly, Third World Quarterly and Urban Studies. My recent publications include a co-authored book with Dylan Sutherland HIV/AIDS in China – The Economic and Social Determinants and also a co-edited volume with Reza Hasmath: NGO Governance and Management in China. I have a forthcoming monograph with the University of British Columbia Press, The Development of State-NGO Relations in China: Shifting the Boundaries from Central to Local Government (January 2017).

I am an active Council Member of the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Development Section. I have served on the section’s various committees and organiser of the Roundtables.

When not working, I enjoy indulging in good food and coffee, catching up on TV shows, running, knitting, baking and cooking.