Research

Books and Monographs

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

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

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

Journal Articles

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

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.

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.

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

Working Papers

Donors, Recipients, and Prestige Projects.

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

Aid, China and Growth: Evidence from a New Global Development Finance Dataset, with Bradley Parks, Michael Tierney, Axel Dreher and Andreas Fuchs. Under review.

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

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

Online Volunteer Laboratories for Human Subjects Research, with Ryan Enos, Mark Hill, and Amy Lakeman. Under review.

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. Working Paper.

In Progress

Authority, Prestige and International Relations 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.