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. My major research interests focus on economic statecraft, the foundations of economic interdependence (particularly between China and its economic partners), and the mechanisms through which trade and investment links can affect states’ security and foreign policies.
The issue areas covered by my published research include:
- “Debt trap diplomacy” and Chinese economic statecraft in Sri Lanka
- How East Asian states navigate relations between the US and China through hedging strategies
- Sino-US technology competition and great power rivalry
- China’s “institutional statecraft” and its creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
- Bargaining power in Eurozone bailout negotiations between Greece and Germany
As of May 2018, topics I’m currently working on include cyber interference in democratic elections, the logic of a China-led international order, Sino-Indian strategic competition, tourism as an instrument of economic statecraft, power in Australian foreign policy, consumer-state energy security strategies, and the intersection between economic coercion and industrial policy.
I received my PhD in 2014 from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (WWS). Initially trained in law and economics, I previously worked as Associate to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, a corporate lawyer, and researcher at International Crisis Group.