My areas of focus are the politics of China and the Internet. As a Ph. D. candidate with a primary focus on the field of Comparative Politics and minor in International Relations, I specialize in the study of East Asia both within countries and between countries. Additionally, my studies of current politics lead me to take the position that the Internet is worthy of the same attention and study as any other geographic region. As such, I hold an interest and expertise in the effects of the Internet on politics and politics on the Internet in global and regional contexts. My current dissertation research engages the concept of political trust from a Chinese perspective by conducting field interviews in Beijing. I endeavor to teach and research Chinese politics in a university setting.