Handi Li

Department of Political Science at Emory University

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Emory University. My research focuses on information politics and state-society relationships in autocracies, with regional expertise in China. I will start a postdoctoral position jointly at Peking University and Princeton University in Winter 2022.

Across various projects, I examine the causes and consequences of transparency and information manipulation. I also study contentious politics and the political economy of development. Methodologically, my research employs formal modeling and statistical methods for causal inference that utilize observational data and experiments. I have conducted field surveys and interviews with underprivileged people in China.

My dissertation investigates why an authoritarian country develops transparency initiatives and how they shape citizens’ interaction with legal institutions and social contention.

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