Chris is a fourth year Ph.D. student studying international relations and comparative politics. He is primarily interested in international security with a strong emphasis on naval modernization and power projection. His current research examines the drivers behind the emerging Chinese and Indian blue water fleets. Prior to joining IU in 2012, Chris lived in Beijing and Shanghai for 10 years where he earned a Master's degree in Chinese politics from Renmin University. Upon graduating he was a lecturer in Renmin's School of International Studies where he taught courses on on Chinese foreign policy and security from 2008 until 2012. In his free time Chris enjoys running, mountain climbing and hard core adventure travel.