I am an Assistant Professor at Department of Political Science, University of California, San Diego. I work in political methodology and positive political economy, with a special focus on development and institutions in authoritarian countries (esp., China).

I received a PhD in Political Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2016), an MA in Economics from China Center for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University (2010) and a BA in Economics (2007) from Fudan University, and conducted pre-doctoral research at Stanford University (2014-2015).

My work has appeared, or will soon appear, in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Political Science Research and Methods, among other peer reviewed journals. I was awarded the 2014 John T. Williams Dissertation Prize by the Society for Political Methodology.

In addition to my research on political methodology and Chinese political economy, I write column articles for major Chinese media, including Caijing, LifeWeek, WSJ (China), and The Paper, and book reviews for established journals. I was a principal member of the Harvard China Health Policy Group led by William Hsiao, which gave direct policy advice on health system reform to the State Council of China. I also worked as a consultant for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank.

You can reach me via email: yiqingxu [at] ucsd.edu.