John is a research associate, and former post-doctoral fellow, of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Contemporary China. He is an Assistant Professor of Chinese politics at Indiana University's Department of East Asian Languages and Culture and the School of Global and International Studies. His research focuses on issues related to regulatory governance, the political economy of development, and bureaucratic politics.
He is the author of Why is My Milk Blue? (Cambridge University Press, Under Review) which examines the regulatory politics involved in China's gut-wrenching food safety crisis. The book argues that in order to understand China's governance challenges, scholars must take a deeper look at the challenges large-scale countries face (in terms of scale externalities, multilevel coordination challenges, and problem identification). John has also written on regulatory politics and development issues in aviation safety, environmental protection, fishery conservation, and financial regulation.
He is published in Regulation and Governance, China Quarterly, and Journal of Politics. His work has also been cited by a number of media outlets, including the Guardian, New York Times, Financial Times, and Southern Weekly (南方周末).
He received his PhD in comparative politics from the University of California, Berkeley. John also holds an MPhil in comparative politics from the University of Oxford and a BA from Harvard College. Previously, he was an assistant professor at The Colorado College.