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I am an assistant professor of political science at the University of Tennessee at Martin. I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. I am teaching comparative politics, international relations, and Asian politics. Prior to coming to UT Martin, I taught at Tulane University as a visiting assistant professor and at the University of Pittsburgh as a lecturer. 

My current research is on the pattern of welfare state development in developing democracies. Particularly, I am interested in how different types of electoral rules and party systems affect social policies in East Asia.