Ziwen (Gary) Zu

Ziwen (Gary) Zu

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science with a specialization in Computational Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. Additionally, I am a graduate affiliated researcher at the 21st Century China Center at UCSD. My academic journey includes a B.A. in Public Administration from Sun Yat-Sen University (2018) and an M.A. in Political Science from Duke University (2020). I focus on three primary areas:

  • state-business/society relations in social control and distributive politics

  • legislation, criminal justice, and judicial politics in China

  • causal inference (text-as-data, instrumental variables, experiments)

    In my dissertation, I investigate the outsourcing of legal services in China, assessing its judicial and political implications through causal designs, computational methods, and extensive fieldwork.