Shorenstein APARC announces its 2016-17 postdoctoral fellows

Shorenstein APARC announces its 2016-17 postdoctoral fellows

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The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), in pursuit of training the next generation of scholars on contemporary Asia, has selected three postdoctoral fellows for the 2016-17 academic year. The cohort includes two Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellows and one Developing Asia Health Policy Fellow; they carry a broad range of interests from hospital reform to the economic consequences of elite politics in Asia.

The fellows will begin their year of academic study and research at Stanford this fall.

Shorenstein APARC has for more than a decade sponsored numerous junior scholars who come to the university to work closely with Stanford faculty, develop their dissertations for publication, participate in workshops and seminars, and present their research to the broader community. In 2007, the Asia Health Policy Program began its fellowship program to specifically support scholars undertaking comparative research on Asia health and healthcare policy.

The 2016-17 fellows’ bios and their research plans are listed below:

Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellows


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Aditya "Adi" Dasgupta is completing his doctorate in the Department of Government at Harvard University. At Stanford, he will work on converting his dissertation on the historical decline of single-party dominance and transformation of distributive politics in India into a book manuscript. More broadly, his research interests include the comparative economic history of democratization and distributive politics in emerging welfare states, which he studies utilizing formal models and natural experiments. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Cambridge University and a Master of Science from Oxford University and has worked at the Public Defender Service in Washington D.C., his hometown.



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Dong Zhang is a political scientist whose research interests include political economy of development, with focus on the economic consequences of elite politics, and on the historical origins of long-run economic development. His dissertation examines the political logic of sustaining state capitalism model in weakly institutionalized countries with a primary focus on China. At Stanford, Zhang will develop his dissertation into a book manuscript and pursue other research projects on comparative political economy and authoritarian politics. He will receive his doctorate in political science from Northwestern University in 2016. Zhang holds bachelor’s degrees in public policy and economics, and a master’s degree in public policy from Peking University, Beijing.

Developing Asia Health Policy Postdoctoral Fellow


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Ngan Do is strongly interested in health system related issues, especially health financing, human resources for health, and health care service delivery. Do implemented comparison studies at regional level as well as participated in fieldwork in Cambodia, Lao, the Philippines, Korea and Vietnam. At Stanford, she will work on the public hospital reforms in Asia, focusing on dual practice of public hospital physicians and provider payment reforms. Do achieved her doctorate in health policy and management at the College of Medicine, Seoul National University. She earned her master’s degree in public policy at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management in Seoul, and her bachelor’s degree in international relations at the Diplomacy Academy of Vietnam (previously the Institute for International Relations).