Gloria Xiong is a PhD Candidate in the Government department at Cornell University, specializing in the intersection of international political economy and security. Broadly, her academic interests lie in the political implication of China’s increasing economic power for the regional and global security dynamics. Xiong's dissertation research investigates how China use economic levers gained by both globalization and grassroot nationalism to achieve its strategic foreign policy agendas. She is particularly interested in the challenges of domestic nationalism on international economic openness. Prior to her PhD studies at Cornell, she received a B.A. with honor in political science from Mount Holyoke College. Xiong's previous work included U.S.-China-Taiwan relations and multilateral institutionalization in Asia.