My Story

Minglaba! Welcome to my website. I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. My research interests lie in historical political economy, education, and formal theory. Substantively, I am interested in understanding human capital investment in non-democratic states during periods of political instability and conflict, and answering related questions in the context of colonial states in Southeast Asia, particularly British Burma. Another line of my research explores topics in international education policy, such as education efficiency and early-childhood education.

I received my undergraduate degree in economics and finance at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Before my graduate studies, I worked for one year as a researcher at CUHK and contributed to education policy projects in Iraq, Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma), and Syria.