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Katharin Tai

Graduate Student Affiliate


Katharin Tai

Katharin Tai is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at MIT. Her dissertation centers on technological innovation and change within government as a way of increasing state capacity, with a focus on the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the People’s Republic of China. Her main research interests are authoritarian politics, bureaucracy, and the politics of technology.

Tai received an M.Phil. in international relations from the University of Oxford, with a focus on Chinese cyber diplomacy. Previously, she covered East Asian politics and society as a freelance journalist.


  • Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, MIT
  • Graduate Student Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University