I am Assistant Professor in Division of Social Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). I obtained my Ph.D. in Sociology at Princeton University in 2020, under the supervision of Matthew Salganik. I obtained my B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in History, 2013, from Peking University.

My research spans computational social science, social movements, social networks, and quantitative methods.

  • My recent substantive projects include:

    • Protests (particularily in China); their causes and consequences.

    • Global surveillance and its social impact

  • My recent methodological projects include:

    • Image as data
    • Robust use of machine learning algorithms in social science research
    • Graph neural network and survey data

I am actively recruiting PhD, MPhil, and research assistants all year around. If you are motivated and interested in working with me, feel free to send me an email with your CV and other material.


  • Ph.D. in Sociology, 2020

    Princeton University

  • M.A. in Sociology, 2018

    Princeton University

  • B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in History, 2013

    Peking University


My teaching slides and material are made public. You can download it below.


Best Paper Award

Mayer N. Zald Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Student Paper Award