I am a PhD Candidate at the Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. My major fields are American politics and quantitative methodology. I hold a graduate minor in law from the University of Minnesota School of Law.
My research interest centers around the decision-making of the United States Supreme Court, particularly how the justices maintain the institutional legitimacy of the Court in the Separation-of-Powers. I am also interested in studying judicial behaviors by leveraging theories in political psychology and techniques in natural language processing.
My dissertation explores multiple venues via which the Court safeguards its institutional integrity by conforming to the internal legalistic norms governing their behaviors.
I was born and raised in China. Prior coming to the U.S. in 2016 for my PhD program, I finished my BA and MA degrees in Beijing. Majoring in English and then focusing on American Studies, I developed a strong interest in American political institutions and constitutionalism. I am particularly passionate about studying the U.S. Supreme Court because it represents the unique tension between majoritarianism and the rule of law. At the heart of empirically accounting for how the Court deals with the tension is the question of institutional legitimacy, which I study in my dissertation.