Siyao Li is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation explores how corporations and governments interact with one another to affect institutional outcomes in intellectual property protection. In particular, she studies how investment by highly innovative multinational firms into host countries with relatively weak rule of law can bring about improvements to institutions for intellectual property protection in these countries. Part of this research focuses on understanding how these dynamics play out in the context of China. She is also pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Statistics at the Wharton School, and holds a B.A., summa cum laude, in University Scholars from Baylor University. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, she obtained work experience at the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center, and Goldman Sachs.