Laura Silver is a dual PhD student in Political Science and the Annenberg School for Communication. Her primary research interests include comparative political communication, the Chinese media system, and global public opinion about China. Before beginning her doctorates, Laura graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in the College of Social Studies and a certificate in International Relations. Her thesis (high honors) was about Taiwan’s relationship with the United Nations. She has previously worked at a microfinance bank in rural Sichuan.