Ketian Zhang is a PhD candidate (exp. 2018) in Political Science, and an affiliate of the Security Studies Program. Her research interests include 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 Seas, foreign arms sales to Taiwan, and foreign leaders’ reception of the Dalai Lama. Ketian is a recipient of the World Politics Fellowship from the Smith Richard Foundation, the Chiang Ching-kuo 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 D.C.