My interest in Chinese environmental policy began the summer I traveled to China to conduct research for my senior Political Science Honors thesis. As a Biology and Political Science major, I was interested in the evolution of grassroots environmental civil-society organizations and their role in the political transition of the Chinese government. My professors and courses in the Political Science Department provided a solid foundation from which I realized the importance of institutions in policymaking. Since I graduated in 2005, I have dedicated my career to better understanding the complexities of governing and sustainably managing China’s environment in the face of development pressures.
After completing my Master’s degree in Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge, England, I worked as Research Analyst in the Climate and Energy Program at the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC to get a better sense of policymaking in action.
I am currently three years into my doctoral studies at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where my research focuses on applying quantitative tools to assess the performance of China’s environmental policies. I have had the opportunity to attend both the Copenhagen and Cancun climate summits, where I analyzed U.S.-China relations and issues related to the measurement, reporting, and verification of climate emissions information. I provided expert testimony in front of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission in the U.S. Senate in April 2010. I am spending the 2010-2011 academic year as a Senior Scholar at Tsinghua University (the MIT of China) supported by a Fulbright grant. [posted January 2011]