Yaping “Frances” Wang is a postdoctoral fellow at the Notre Dame International Security Center. She will be working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation, which studies public opinion on foreign policy issues in authoritarian states and state propaganda. Her work investigates the domestic constraints and motivations of authoritarian foreign policy and the media statecraft these states adopt in managing its domestic public on foreign policy issues. Her research draws on extensive archival work and interviews in China and Vietnam and computerized content analysis of Chinese official media. More broadly, she is interested in international conflicts, diplomatic crises, and domestic politics of foreign policy.
How I chose Notre Dame
Notre Dame has a strong IR team and superb collegial atmosphere in the Political Science Department. It also has a web of international institutes at the Keough School that I can connect to, such as the Liu Institute of East Asian Studies, the Kellogg Institute of International Affairs, and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. I’m really excited!