Sarah Sklar is a PhD student in Political Science at Boston University and a predoctoral research fellow at the Pardee School’s Global Development Policy Center. She studies global development and international political economy, with a particular focus on politics and economics in China. Her dissertation research looks at local-central government relations in China and how they influence Belt and Road Initiative projects. Ms. Sklar also uses network analysis to examine global trade and financial networks and China’s role within them. She received her BA in Development Studies from Brown University and worked in international education before attending graduate school.