Sylvie Zhong is an MPP candidate at the Jackson School of Global Affairs, where she intends to study political dynamics between China and the U.S. and their implications for entities operating in East Asia. Sylvie began her career as a James C. Gaither Junior Fellow at the Asia Department of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She worked with Senior Fellow Michael Swaine and James Schoff on projects related to U.S.-China security crisis management, the U.S.-Japan-ROK trilateral alliance, and challenges brought about to the East Asian region by a rising China. She also spent six months tracking China’s management of the COVID-19 crisis and analyzing the performance of its public health crisis response mechanism. Before Yale, Sylvie lived in Shanghai for one year, during which she assisted in a public-private partnership project constructing a regional logistics center in collaboration with the local government in Southwest China. Sylvie graduated from Carleton College with a major in political science and a minor in mathematics. Her honored thesis focused on the validity and endogeneity problems of the diversionary theory of war. During her undergraduate study, Sylvie co-authored with Dr. Kent Freeze a project investigating the impacts of China’s household registration system on rural-urban migrants’ attitudes towards social inequality, which inspired her interest in public policy. She also interned at the Institute of International and Strategic Studies in Beijing and the Lauder Institute in Philadelphia. Growing up in Shenyang, China, Sylvie is a native speaker of Chinese, and she plans to improve her Japanese at Yale.