Haining Du entered the Political Science Ph.D. program at Michigan State University in the fall of 2017 to study International Relations and Comparative Politics. He received his BA in history from Southwest University in Chongqing, China. Before joining the program, he was a middle school teacher. His current research interests are domestic politics and international behavior, authoritarian politics, and political culture. More specifically, he plans to focus on nationalist protests and authoritarian signaling, nationalist protests and China’s border disputes with other nations, and nationalist processes and international crisis. In his free time, he loves scuba diving, traveling, watching movies, listening to rock music, listening to Chinese Comics, talking about history with friends, running, and cooking Sichuan food to share with friends.