Victor Shih is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the School of Global Policy & Strategy (GPS) at UC San Diego. Shih publishes widely on the politics of Chinese banking policies, fiscal policies and exchange rates and was the first analyst to identify the risk of massive local government debt. Shih previously worked as a principal for the Carlyle Group in its hedge fund arm in New York City. He is currently engaged in a study of how the coalition-formation strategies of the founding leaders had a profound impact on the evolution of the Chinese Communist Party. He is also constructing a large database on biographical information of elites in China to better understand the importance of networks in political decision-making. Shih holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.