I am Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University. My research centers on International and Comparative Political Economy of Development. My research interests and areas include Globalization and Market Reform in Developing Countries; Comparative Development; Comparative Regulation and Institutions; International Trade; Foreign Economic Policy, and Global and Domestic Determinants; Comparative Capitalisms; and Political Economy of Identity.
I am the author of China’s Regulatory State: A New Strategy for Globalization (Cornell University Press / Cornell Studies in Political Economy, 2011), a cross-industry examination of China’s distinctive integration into the international economy. I conducted research for this book as a Fulbright Scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Institute of World Economics and Politics. China’s Regulatory State has been reviewed by numerous academic and policy journals. The Economist, Foreign Affairs, National Public Radio (NPR), Inside Higher Ed, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post and other outlets have also featured my research; and I have testified in Congress in front of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. My dissertation, on which my first book is based, was nominated by the U.C. Berkeley Department of Political Science for the Gabriel Almond Award for Best Dissertation at the American Political Science Association.
My second book under preparation examines the politics of market governance and its relationship to socioeconomic development in China, India, and Russia in the post-liberalization era. My article in Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions on "State Capitalism, Chinese style" reports research findings on the institutional foundations of capitalism in large, globalizing developing countries. Another article, published in Review of Policy Research, examines the design and implementation of China's policy toward foreign direct investment in telecommunications, including analysis on developmental and security-oriented goals and domestic institutional and geopolitical implications. An article published in Comparative Political Studies compares China and India's variegated paths toward globalization across industrial sectors.
I have also initiated, co-organized, and co-authored, "Fieldwork in Political Science: Encountering Challenges and Crafting Solutions," a symposium in PS: Political Science and Politics on conducting in-depth fieldwork in developing countries. The symposium is also featured in the PS's Virtual Issue: Navigating The Profession: Sage Advice From The Pages Of Ps.
Other published research include studies on the regulatory state in the Global South and the impact of domestic ideas and politics on free trade arrangements between small and large countries, focusing analysis on Taiwan’s attempts at negotiating bilateral trade agreements. Additionally, I have conducted research on comparative democratization and authoritarianism.
Ongoing projects investigate China’s foreign economic engagement and its political impact on the developing world; and political polarization, industry associations, and the politics of trade policy in post-developmental state East Asia. I have also launched a project investigating the marketization of social policy and its implications in health and education services in China. A long-term project investigates the relationship between the political economy of identity, nationalism, and nation-building.
In Fall 2016, I will teach Evidence and Knowledge, a Political Science undergraduate major requirement, which surveys social science research methods, and Political Economy of Identity in the Global Era, a special topics graduate/ doctoral-level seminar. In Spring 2016, I taught Evidence and Knowledge and an undergraduate lecture focused on contemporary politics and economics of China in comparative perspective. In Fall 2015, I taught Evidence and Knowledge and Political Economy of Development, a graduate/ doctoral-level seminar. I also teach in the Asian Studies program.
In 2014 and 2015, I conducted in-depth fieldwork in Asia and Russia. I also lectured as a Visiting Professor at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico in 2014. During my academic sabbatical (2012-2013), I conducted research in China, India, and Taiwan with a Residential Research Faculty Fellowship awarded by the Institute of East Asian Studies, U.C. Berkeley; and served as Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society of the U.C. Berkeley School of Law and Scholar-in-Residence in the Religion, Politics, and Globalization Program of the Institute of International Studies, U.C. Berkeley.
Prior to arriving at Temple, I served as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center for International Studies. I was also affiliated with the U.S.-China Institute. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from U.C. Berkeley, and I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the San Francisco Bay Area.
When not doing research or teaching, I enjoy traveling the world and eating and cooking gourmet cuisine with my husband Robert C. Romano, a software engineer, and our children. I also enjoy running on city streets, hiking in neighborhood hills, browsing bookstores, and writing poetry.
Photo credit: Margo Reed Photography.