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 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.

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