Austin Strange is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University. His research focuses on international relations and Chinese foreign policy; he is also interested in novel approaches to collecting historical and experimental data. Austin's dissertation explores the origins of foreign trade policy in imperial China. With colleagues at AidData, he tracks contemporary Chinese official finance throughout the developing world. He has also produced a range of policy analyses on Chinese foreign policy, including monographs on Beijing's naval anti-piracy operations. Austin has studied at Peking University and Tsinghua University, and holds his MS from Zhejiang University and his BA from the College of William & Mary.