Elizabeth Plantan is a China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ash Center. Dr. Plantan researches comparative authoritarian politics and state-society relations in China and Russia, with a focus on environmental activism. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University. In addition, Dr. Plantan holds a master’s degree in Russian & East European Studies from Indiana University – Bloomington and a bachelor’s degree in Government and Russian & East European Studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.