Shiyao is working on methodology and comparative politics. As a computational social scientist, Shiyao applies new quantitative methods from various disciplines, such as computer science and geography, into research.
Shiyao holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics as well as a BS in Statistics from Peking University. A Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is expected to be conferred by the end of September 2021.
Recent work of Shiyao is appearing in the Journal of Politics. Shiyao has also been awarded the Best Poster Award by the Society of Political Methodology in 2019.