I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and 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 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.


Working Papers
Clarifying the Threat of Populism: Place and Party Organizational Strength
Institutional Racism in International Relations (with Phillip Y. Lipscy)

Works in Progress
Parties and populism: Investigating the effects of populism in power on policy dynamics and democratic institutions

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 2023
Winter 2022
Winter 2021
Political Analysis I (Renan Levine)Fall 2023
Undergraduate Methods (Geoff Dancy; Randy Besco)Fall 2023
Writing Development InitiativeSummer 2021