Jonathon is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Political Economy with a certificate in Asian Studies. He is proud to have been born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He has studied Mandarin Chinese for 12 years and has taken 2 study abroad trips to China. His interest in Chinese culture, politics, and economics, as well as Sino-American trade and security issues, has spurred a broader interest in international relations research. This interest was furthered during his freshman proseminar, "Politics of International Economic Competitiveness," with Professor Abe Newman, which exposed him to the complex and nuanced factors that shape the political economy. As a MURF, Jonathon researches Chinese domestic politics & rural development with Prof. Kristen Looney. In addition, Jonathon interned for the Paulson Institute's Green Finance Center, with research primarily focusing on the impact of the Belt and Road Initiative. He is the Chair of the Walsh Exchange, and is also involved with the IRC.