About

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and an Associate at the Centre for the Study of Global Japan. I specialize in the fields of comparative politics and public policy. My dissertation project seeks to clarify the populist threat to democracies through a comparative perspective of political parties and policy processes. My research is supported by the Japan Foundation, the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Association, and the Tan Kah Kee Foundation.

I graduated with an M.A. in Regional Studies: East Asia from Columbia University and a B.A. (Hons) in Japanese Studies and Economics from the National University of Singapore.

Born and raised in Singapore. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.

Research

Working Papers
Clarifying the Threat of Populism: Place and Party Organizational Strength
Institutional Racism in International Relations (with Phillip Y. Lipscy)
Investigating the effects of populism in power on policy dynamics and democratic institutions

Publication
2019. “Supporting Variability in Women’s Lifestyles: A Study of Single-Motherhood Transition in South Korea and Japan.Journal of Asian Public Policy 12(2): 125-143. (with Jennifer So) [peer-reviewed article]

Teaching Assistant

Democracy in the Social Media Age (Ronald Deibert)Winter 2021
Democracy in Theory and Practice (Justin N. Bumgardner)Fall 2022
Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning I (Kenichi Ariga)Fall 2021
Japanese Politics (Phillip Y. Lipscy)Winter 2021-2024
Political Analysis I (Renan Levine)Fall 2023
Undergraduate Methods (Geoff Dancy; Randy Besco)Fall 2023
AY2022-23
Writing Development InitiativeSummer 2021