After finishing my bachelors, I lived in China for several years. In China I became interested in China broadly and the Chinese Communist Party more specifically. I plan to focus my research on institutions, specifically institutions in non-democratic countries. I am interested in how institutions aid in authoritarian resilience as well as democratic transformation. I am also fascinated by how bureaucratic institutions work under various authoritarian regimes and how this contrasts with bureaucracies in democratic countries. I am also interested in researching non-democratic countries more broadly, looking at problems such as why some hold elections or the role of founding fathers in legitimacy building.