PhD Candidate in Political Science

University of California, San Diego

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Jiannan is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. He studies public opinion and political behavior, with a focus on China. His dissertation examines perceptions of economic inequality and political discontent in China.


  • Public Opinion
  • Economic Inequality
  • Political Behavior
  • Chinese Politics
  • Research Methods
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MA in Political Science, 2019

UC San Diego

MA in Chinese Studies, 2017

University of Michigan

BA in Political Science, 2015

University of Toronto



Data Analytics for the Social Sciences (Winter 2022, UCSD)

-An introductory undergraduate course on research design and data analytics using Excel, Stata, and R.


Making Policy with Data (Summer 2021, UCSD)

-An upper-level undergraduate course on developing research designs to make informed policy decisions with data.

Industry Experience

I am deeply interest in games user research. I feel excited about utilizing my skills in research design and data analysis to improve players' gaming experience.

I have conducted heuristic evaluations, usability reviews, and interviews on a variety of games, including Elden Ring, Days Gone, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, From Space, and Puzzle Breaker.

My favorite games are: Dota 2, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Assassin's Creed: Origins, The Last of Us Part I, and Detroit: Become Human.

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Freelance UX Researcher - PlaytestCloud

December 2022 - Present

UX Coordinator - Ontario Tech University & Ubisoft Toronto

July - November 2022