I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. My research interests are primarily in the fields of comparative politics and international relations and include corruption, social norms, and political culture.













My dissertation employs a combination of statistical analysis, agent-based modeling and behavioral experiments to examine why people often participate in corrupt transactions even though they themselves regard such behavior as morally dubious, as well as why individuals often tolerate corrupt behavior on the part of others.


I received a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2011 and I expect to complete my degree in Political Science in 2013/2014. From January until June 2013, I was a visiting student at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Nan Zhang

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science, Stanford University