Ning He

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics at New York University. My research lies at the intersection of Comparative Politics and International Politics. In my research, I draw on historical and contemporary data to study authoritarian politics, bureaucracy, international and civil conflicts, and political development. My regional focus is on China and more broadly, East Asian countries. 

My dissertation project seeks to understand how politicized control of bureaucracy shapes bureaucratic behavior and social outcomes. I draw on extensive archival data from China during the Mao era to show that politically motivated coercion against bureaucrats can intimidate bureaucrats into pursuing over-zealous targets in implementing state policies, generating downstream costs for citizens. My dissertation research is supported by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation.

My second line of research studies the political consequences of violence targeting civilians, including how wartime civilian victimization affects state mobilization in international conflicts, and how state violence shapes citizens' attitudes and behavior in autocracies.

Before coming to NYU, I completed an MPhil in Social Science at HKUST, and a bachelor's and master's degree in Public Administration at Fudan University. I am a co-organizer of the Quantitative China Studies Seminar (2021-2022).