Synopsis of Research in Shanghai (June 16 - July 7) :
William Godel researches comparative politics, social media, and methods in political science. He has extensive experience in China and speaking Chinese (3.5 years) and is interested in researching Chinese social media use. In particular, how Chinese social media and internet culture differs-- or is similar to-- Western paradigms. His dissertation also researches state formation, and he would like to research China's historical experience in state formation and identify it with contemporary Chinese administrative capacity.