Hongshen Zhu is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Duke University. His research interests lie at the intersection of comparative political economy and bureaucracy. His dissertation examines how local officials in China exercise their delegated power. From front-line bureaucrats to provincial governors, he studies the political and economic factors that drive covert behaviors of the bureaucracy and their implications for governance. His job market paper analyses China’s decentralized pandemic responses to examine local officials’ decision making in a high frequency and high salience setting.