Amy Chiang is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in Comparative Politics and Political Methodology. Her research interests are in the areas of political violence, contentious politics, dynamics of dissent and state repression/human rights violations in authoritarian and democratic contexts, politics of authoritarian regimes, democratization, and political economy of development. Her dissertation investigates how government repression affects subsequent dissent, and in particular, the conditions under which represssion facilitates or suppresses continued mass mobilization. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Amy received her M.A. in International Relations from New York University, and B.A. from National Chengchi University in Taiwan.