Welcome! I am an Inequality in America Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University and a Hans J. Morgenthau Fellow at the Notre Dame International Security Center. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from University of California San Diego in 2022.

My research lies at the intersection of International Relations and Race and Ethnic Politics. In my dissertation-based book project, Race in International Politics: China’s Rise and the Weaponization of Identity in the Asia-Pacific, I examine the role race and racism play in shaping the deepening U.S.-China great power competition, with a focus on the rise of hawkish foreign policy discourses and public opinion in the U.S., China, and America’s key regional allies including South Korea. Drawing from theories of international relations, political psychology, and race and ethnic politics, the project calls for renewed scholarly attention to theorizing race in world politics. I utilize public opinion surveys, experiments, and text analyses.

I also have research projects examining race and security dilemmas, U.S. grand strategy, Korean security, and Asian American politics. My work has been published or is forthcoming in Annual Review of Political Science, Political Science Quarterly, and Journal of Experimental Political Science.

My research has been funded by the APSA (previously NSF) Dissertation Improvement Grant, Rapoport Dissertation Fellowship, IGCC Herb York Dissertation Fellowship, and multiple grants from the 21st Century China Center.

I am interested in teaching courses on Race in World Politics, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Korean Security, and Asian American Politics.

I hold an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and a B.A. in Government and Asian Studies, with distinctions, from Cornell University.

During 2012-2016, I served as an Intelligence Officer at the Republic of Korea Air Force.

You can find my CV here.

The awakening of the yellow races is certain…Shall the awakening of these sleepy millions be in accordance with, and aided by, the great ideals of white civilization, or in spite of them and against them? This is the problem of the Color Line. Force and Fear have hitherto marked the white attitude toward darker races; shall this continue, or be replaced by Freedom and Friendship? 

W.E.B. Du Bois, 1906

Although the world’s a big place, we Chinese crouch in terror,
Fearing to be devoured by demonic men.
Our Celestial Envoy and the Yellow Race
Have become a laughingstock to all nations of the world…

For even if we could pour out all the four seas’ waters,
We will never wash clean our national disgrace…

When, when will the glories of ancient China revive?

Huang Zunxian, 1880