Hello! My name is Benjamin Blythe, and I am a second-year Master’s student at EALC. I am also pursuing a Master of Public Affairs degree through the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. My research interests include China’s international political economy, East Asian and Southeast Asian affairs, and international development strategy. I am currently studying Chinese through a FLAS fellowship at the East Asian Studies Center and have tutored for the Chinese Flagship summer language program. I also have assisted with EALC faculty research on Taiwanese foreign relations, served as a teaching assistant for an O’Neill undergraduate economics course, and interned with the U.S. Commercial Service. I am looking forward to conducting research in Tokyo next year to build towards my Master’s thesis which will compare China and Japan’s respective overseas infrastructure development models in Southeast Asia. Before coming to Indiana University, I received my BA in Political Science at the University of Michigan and taught English at University Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia.