In the 76th APOSS session, Haemin Jee (Stanford) presented her paper arguing that autocrats strategically engage in institutional proliferation, the creation of new information-gathering and punitive institutions. Pearce Edwards (Carnegie Mellon University), Ji Yeon Hong (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Jieun Kim (University of Pennsylvania) provided very helpful comments on theoretical and empirical matters.
In the 75th APOSS session, Zeren Li (Yale) presented his paper arguing that the post-government career concerns of public officials distort public resource allocation while still in office. Junyan Jiang (Columbia) and Trevor Incerti (Yale) provided very helpful comments on theoretical and empirical matters.
In the 72nd APOSS session, Masaaki Higashijima (Tohoku University) presented his paper with Susumu Annaka (Waseda University) and Gento Kato (Nazarbayev University) on how ordinary citizens respond to government-sponsored information in autocracies. James R. Hollyer (Minnesota), Sarah Wilson Sokhey (Colorado), Scott Radnitz (Washington), and Colleen Wood (Cornell) offered really helpful comments of all manner of issues.
In the 71st APOSS session, Colleen Wood (Columbia) presented her paper on how civil society actors in authoritarian states use the internet to mobilize and advocate for rights claims. Diana Fu (Toronto) and Masaaki Higashijima (Tohoku) provided extremely detailed comments on theoretical and conceptual issues.
In the 70th APOSS session, Samson Yuen (Hong Kong Baptist University) presented his paper on how social pressures play an important role in inducing people to self-censor when facing threats posed by repressive laws. Hans H. Tung (National Taiwan University) and Li Shao (Zhejiang) provided detailed comments on theoretical, conceptual, and empirical issues.
In the 69th APOSS session, Dean Dulay (Singapore Management University) presented his paper with Edmund Malesky (Duke) on how interventions that facilitate organizational learning and coordination can greatly improve bureaucratic performance, even without significant institutional reform. Isabel Chew (UBC), Kyosuke Kikuta (Osaka), and Van Tran (Cornell) provided fantastic comments on theoretical, conceptual, and empirical issues.