Siyao Li is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies International Relations and Comparative Politics. For the 2020-2021 academic year she was a GPEP predoctoral fellow at Georgetown University's Mortara Center for International Studies. Her research interests include the politics of international investment and trade, firm-government relations, and Chinese politics. Her dissertation book project explains why and how multinational corporations shape and use domestic institutions in countries with relatively weak rule of law to protect their investments in technology. Her other papers are invited to revise and resubmit at the Journal of Conflict Resolution and Journal of European Public Policy. She is also pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Statistics at the Wharton School, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in University Scholars, summa cum laude from Baylor University.