I am a Lecturer at UC Berkeley, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Mills College, and an Adjunct Professor at Dominican University of California. My professional and research interests lie at the intersection of comparative political economy and international business strategy. More specifically, I study the role of government-business relationships in emerging markets, particularly China and India.
My current project investigates the role of the state in the development of China's burgeoning auto sector, now the largest in the world. Did China follow a developmental strategy similar to that of Japan and Korea? Is China on the verge of producing the next Toyota or Hyundai? My research suggests that, unlike Japan and Korea, the rapid growth of the Chinese auto industry has relied heavily on foreign direct investment from the world's leading automakers and auto parts suppliers, which has had unforeseen consequences - including the continued reliance of Chinese firms on foreign technology, a fragmented and inefficient production base, and a small and vulnerable private auto sector.