Frances Yaping Wang

Yaping Wang
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Gibson Hall, 1540 Jefferson Park Ave (JPA)


International Relations, Comparative Politics


The Dog that Barks: State Propaganda Campaigns on Territorial Disputes


John M. Owen (chair), Brantly Womack, Philip Potter


Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, George Washington University
Minerva-USIP Peace Scholar


I am a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia in Political Science. I study International Security and Comparative Politics, with a focus on territorial disputes, diplomatic crisis, foreign policy and politics of authoritarian and post-Communist states, public opinion and nationalism, and international relations of East Asia. My dissertation examines the motivations and conditions when authoritarian states allow, promote, or even stage-manage media coverage of a foreign dispute, using primary sources from archives and interviews in China and Vietnam as well as automated text analysis of People’s Daily. My research has been supported by the Minerva-USIP Peace Scholarship, Albert Gallatin Research Fellowship, Dumas Malone Research Fellowship, Sally and Bruce Nelson Travel Grant, and Quandt International Research Fund, among others.