Song Ha Joo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Zhejiang University, China. She received a PhD in Politics from Princeton University in 2019. In 2016-2017, she was a visiting researcher at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia and the Academy of Public Administration in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Her research focuses on authoritarian politics and migration with a regional emphasis on post-communist Europe and Eurasia. Currently, she is working on a project that analyzes the impact of electoral politics on immigration policies in Russia and Kazakhstan at the federal and regional level. In other projects, she investigates the causes of closed refugee policies and open labor immigration policies in Eastern Europe and the role of the state in shaping civil society under the Putin regime.