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I am currently an ABD at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. My general research and teaching interests include international politics, identity/discourse politics and ecological issues.

My work so far has explored a few different issue areas with one common theme: the interaction of ideas in given cultural and language contexts is crucial in understanding human decisions in the political life. While material basis of any social construction is not to be ignored, all my studies have stressed the social and articulated dimension of historical events ranging from the intellectual landscape of the pre-1945 Japan to the ecological problematic of the post-1978 China.

My dissertation grapples with the puzzling coexistence of the deepening environmental disasters (such as the “Airpocalypse”) and the invigorating engagement in “greening” policies of China from the mid-2000s onwards. It argues that the global norm of sustainable development, under a Neoliberal capitalist political economic order, was adopted by the Chinese political elites into the scheme of restructuring the Chinese economy starting between 2002 and 2003. This localized version of the global norm then was enabled to dictate the re-industrialization and green-engineering at the same time.