Iza Ding is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government. Her research focuses on the politics of China and Central and Eastern Europe. Specifically, she is interested in environmental politics, local governance, public opinion, media, and social movements. Her dissertation examines the individual and institutional determinants of environmental satisfaction in urban China. Between 2013-2015, she conducted extensive fieldwork in China, including five months of participatory observation at a local Environmental Protection Bureau and an original national survey on environmental attitudes. Iza Ding received her B.A. in political science and Russian and Eastern European studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2009. Between 2011-2014, she was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Government and the Harvard Kennedy School, where she taught for courses on international relations, Chinese political economy, and "doing business in China".