I am an associate professor of economics at UC Irvine. I am also a research fellow at IZA. My current research interests are causal identification and inference, treatment effects and program evaluation econometrics. I am particularly interested in extending causal identification to be valid under more general conditions and finding novel solutions to identification problems that may not fit in the standard toolbox. A defining feature of my research is that most of my econometric work is grounded in prominent empirical issues, as I tend to concern myself with empirical phenomena first and then work toward finding econometric solutions. On the applied side, I have broad interests in education, labor and health topics. My recent work has been concentrated on: 1) regression discontinuity based designs, 2) robust causal identification with a continuous treatment and 3) testing and investigating individual ranks in distributional analysis. I have published papers in the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Business & Economic Statistics and Journal of American Statistical Association among others.

I earned a PhD in Economics in 2009 from Boston College. I also received a B.S. in Economics in 2000 and an M.A. in Economics in 2003 from Xian Jiaotong University in China. Besides being a researcher and a teacher, I am a Mom of two amaizing boys, Aiden (b. 2018) and Jake (b. 2021). They have been my focus when I am not working.