Tyler Hayward was born in Emporia, Kansas but grew up in El Paso, Texas and attended the University of Houston for his undergraduate studies. There he majored in Economics and Chinese Studies, and received a minor in Phronêsis (politics and ethics) and a certification in quantitative economics. He completed his junior year in China studying Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture at Peking University in Beijing, China as a recipient of the Chinese Government Scholarship. Despite being interested by all things related to China, he is primarily interested in studying the political economy of China, with a special emphasis on the development of China’s trading relationships, its interregional differences in development, and its form of state capitalism. Outside of school, Tyler enjoys walking, running, and hiking as it allows him to see the world at a slower pace than he would through the window of a plane, train, or automobile.