Political Scientist and Data Scientist
Hello and welcome! My name is Cindy Cheng. I am a political scientist interested in collecting, assessing and analzying data to answer questions of relevance to politics, economics and public health.
Works in Progress and Under Review
I investigate issues relevant to political economy and political institutions, including the politicization of food safety problems, the legitimacy and efficiency of global governance institutions, the politics of innovation and drivers of foreign aid. Additionally, I explore issues related to authoritarian governance, particularly in China. Methodologically, I have developed a strong interest in missing data imputation, multilevel modeling and Bayesian statistics.
More recently, I have been leading a large scale international effort to systematically document government policies made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the CoronaNet Research Project. With colleagues at the Technical University of Munich and from NYU Abu Dhabi, Nazarbayev University, the University of Brasilia, the Hertie School of Governance, the University of Southern California and the Fors Mars Group, we have organized to date more than a thousand volunteer research assistants to collect data on government policies made at both the national and subnational levels in response to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. More information about CoronaNet can be found here: https://www.coronanet-project.org
I received a PhD in Political Science from Duke University in 2017. I also completed the coursework necessary to fulfill the requirements for a masters in statistics at Duke. I majored in Economics and Political Economy as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley. I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Technical University of Munich from 2016 to 2023. My work and training has recieved funding support from the EU Horizon 2020 Program, Fulbright-Hayes Program, and the U.S. Department of Education.