A Little About Myself

Hello. I’m currently the inaugural Fellow and Associate Director of the Think Tank at the Chicago-based Paulson Institute. I spend most of my time trying to buildout the startup think tank, while leading various writing, research, and policy projects, including a program on Chinese investment in the United States. I wrote a book (with Bill Adams) on the Chinese political economy called In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China’s Ascent in the Next Decade. I am the Editor of the forthcoming Paulson Institute book The Economics of Air Pollution in China by Ma Jun (Columbia University Press). I also serve as an adjunct lecturer at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Beyond that, I’m usually found eating somewhere in town and/or engaged in general nerdry, like live-tweeting China’s “state of the union” speeches.

Before coming to Chicago, I was in Washington, DC at Eurasia Group, the New York-based political risk research and advisory firm. I was a lead China analyst, focused on macroeconomics, energy and commodities, elite politics, and US-China relations, among other areas. I also moonlighted on Mongolia coverage because of interest in its vast commodities and the tough geography of being stuck between China and Russia (made mistake of visiting Ulaanbaatar during the worst winter in about 20 years). My clients ranged from institutional investors, hedge funds, and multinationals to the US government. Prior to that, I was a manager and editor at the US-China Business Council. While in DC, I also did a stint as adjunct lecturer at Johns Hopkins SAIS. And a long time ago, I was at a public relations firm Ogilvy/H-Line in Beijing, where I worked with multinationals.

I write quite a bit and do some speaking around the country. I have written for the The Atlantic online, New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, SlateForeign Policy, and Bloomberg, among others. I have also done my share of broadcast media such as the Charlie Rose Show, BBC, NPR, and CNBC.

I’m a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was named a “99under33” foreign policy leader in 2012 by the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. I have maintained Mandarin Chinese skillz, which is excellent for rapping because of the proliferation of homonyms.