Ketian Zhang is a Ph.D. candidate (exp. 2018) in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she is an affiliate of the Security Studies Program. Her research interest includes East-Asian Security, Chinese foreign policy, coercion, and territorial conflicts. Ketian’s dissertation examines when, why, and how China uses coercion when faced with issues of national security, such as territorial disputes in the South and East China Sea, foreign arms sales to Taiwan, and foreign leaders' reception of the Dalai Lama. Being native Chinese, Ketian uses her Chinese language capability to do extensive fieldwork in various cities in China, including conducting interviews with Chinese officials and scholars.

She is a recipient of the World Politics Fellowship from the Smith Richard Foundation and the pre-doctoral fellowship at George Washington University's Institute for Security and Conflict Studies. Ketian holds a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was previously a research intern at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

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