David was a China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ash Center. His research looked at decentralization, governance, and economic development, with a particular emphasis on China. David received his B.A. in Economics from Columbia University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). During his fellowship, David focused on turning his dissertation on county-level growth and the political incentives of county leaders into a book manuscript.