Research

Books

Explaining Chinese Aid. Under contract at Cambridge University Press, with Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Bradley Parks and Michael Tierney.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Seven Decades of Chinese State Financing in Africa: Tempering Contemporary Debates. Forthcoming, Economic History of Developing Regions.

Online Volunteer Laboratories for Human Subjects Research. Forthcoming, PLOS ONE, with Ryan Enos, Mark Hill, and Amy Lakeman.

Apples and Dragon Fruits: The Determinants of Aid and Other Forms of State Financing from China to Africa. 2018. International Studies Quarterly 62(1): 182-194, with Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Bradley Parks and Michael Tierney.

Tracking Under-Reported Financial Flows: China’s Development Finance and the Aid-Conflict Nexus Revisited. 2017. Journal of Conflict Resolution 61(5): 935-963, with Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Bradley Parks and Michael Tierney (lead article).

‘Ground-Truthing’ Chinese Development Finance in Africa: Field Evidence from Uganda and South Africa. 2016. Journal of Development Studies 52(6): 780-796, with Edwin Muchapondwa, Daniel Nielson, Michael Tierney, and Bradley Parks.

Working Papers

Aid, China and Growth: Evidence from a New Global Development Finance Dataset. Revise and resubmit, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, with Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Bradley Parks, and Michael Tierney.

Foreign Aid and the Status Quo: Evidence from Pre-Marshall Plan Aid. Under review, with Daniel Markovits and Dustin Tingley.

Delegated Diplomacy: Why China Uses the Military for Face-to-Face Exchanges. Under review, with Tyler Jost.

Who Pursues Prestige Development Projects, and Why?

Domestic Dynamics of Hierarchy: Evidence from Ming and Qing Tributary Exchanges.

Connective Financing: Chinese Infrastructure Projects and the Diffusion of Economic Activity in Developing Countries, with Richard Bluhm, Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Bradley Parks and Michael Tierney.

In Progress

Domestic Authority and Foreign Economic Policies in Chinese History. Dissertation project.

Accessing the Emperor: Explaining Shifts in Late Imperial Chinese Maritime Trade Policy.

The Effects of Chinese Aid on Public Opinion: Evidence from 2,054 Jurisdictions within 127 Countries, with Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Bradley Parks, Michael J. Tierney, and Lukas Wellner.

Competing for Aid Recipients? Donor Responses to Chinese Development Finance, with Andreas Fuchs and Soo Yeon Kim.

How Group Consciousness Informs Foreign Policy Preferences, with Aseem Mahajan.

Other Academic Research

Autocratic Aid and Governance: What We Know, Don’t Know, and Need to Know. 2019. American Political Science Association Annals of Comparative Democratization 17(2): 11-16, with Bradley Parks.

China’s Blue Soft Power: Antipiracy, Engagement, and Image Enhancement. 2015. Naval War College Review 68(1): 71-91, with Andrew Erickson.

Six Years at Sea...and Counting: Gulf of Aden Anti-Piracy and China’s Maritime Commons Presence. 2015. Washington, D.C.: Jamestown Foundation, with Andrew Erickson.

Aid to Africa: Harmful or Helpful? 2014. China Economic Quarterly 18.(2): 29-33, with Bradley Parks.

Ripples of Change in Chinese Foreign Policy? Evidence from Recent Approaches to Nontraditional Waterborne Security. 2014. Asia Policy 17: 93-126, with Andrew Erickson.

No Substitute for Experience: Chinese Anti-Piracy Activities in the Gulf of Aden. 2013. Newport: Naval War College Press China Maritime Study #10, with Andrew Erickson.


Photo: Forbidden City, Beijing, 2017