Gavin Xu is a senior at Trinity College (Connecticut) from Beijing, China, majoring in political science and urban studies. Xu is interested in comparative politics with a specific focus on authoritarian and democratic governance in East Asia. He has assisted Trinity’s Center on Urban and Global Studies with research projects on China. As a Tanaka Research-Study Grant recipient, he conducted research on the two main political parties in Taiwan in the summer of 2019. He has interned with various government agencies in Connecticut and volunteered in local political campaigns.