Ishana is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, studying International Relations and Comparative Politics with a focus on political economy and industrial policy. With a regional emphasis on China and Southeast Asia, her current research interests lie at the nexus of political economy, public policy, and innovation economics. Her current projects investigate the relationship between industrial policy and investment in the renewables industry, and the challenges of regulatory capture and technology lock in for industrial upgrading. Looking forward, she hopes to continue research on the politics and policy of energy sector regulatory reform. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, she worked as an International Trade paralegal in Washington DC, assisting with litigation in the solar and steel industries the context of supply chain fragmentation and US-China trade disputes.