About

I am a sixth year graduate student at the Political Science Department at MIT. I work in political methodology and positive political economy, with a special focus on development and institutions in authoritarian countries.

I will be joining the Department of Political Science at UC San Diego as an assistant professor in June 2016.

My work has appeared in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, 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 to improve methods of estimating poverty rates of small regions or idiosyncratic populations (Report).

Prior to my study at MIT, I studied economics at Fudan University, where I received a bachelor degree, and China Center for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University, where I received a master degree.

You can reach me via email: xyq [at] mit.edu.