I am a Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. I research and teach in the field of international relations, at the intersection of international political economy and international security. I focus primarily on economic statecraft, the foundations of economic interdependence, particularly between China and its major economic partners, and the mechanisms through which trade and investment links can affect states’ security and foreign policies.
I am currently working on a book manuscript, based on my Ph.D. dissertation, which unpacks the microeconomic foundations of economic interdependence in East Asia, to understand the extent to which economic relations can be used as tools of leverage in political/security disputes, a phenomenon I label “coercive economic diplomacy”. I investigate how coercive economic diplomacy has been deployed in China’s territorial disputes with Japan and the Philippines, as well as how Australia and Singapore balance their economic and security interests in bilateral relations with China.
I received my PhD in 2014 from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (WWS). I also hold a Master of Public Affairs from WWS, and completed undergraduate Honours degrees in economics and law from Monash University, which is located in my hometown of Melbourne, Australia.