Jessica C. Liao is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at North Carolina State University (NC State). Her research focuses on international political economy and security of East Asia. Her current research addresses China and Japan’s economic statecraft competition and infrastructure development in Southeast Asia, and their social environmental implications to the region. She is the author of Developmental States and Business Activism (Palgrave 2016) and her publications appear on journals including The Pacific Review, Journal of Contemporary China, and Asian Survey. Prior to NC State, she was a Visiting Fellow at Monash University, Kuala Lumpur campus. She received her PhD in political science from the University of Southern California, and her MA in Asia-Pacific and China Studies from National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan.