Dr. Xu's primary research covers political methodology, Chinese politics, and their intersection. He received a PhD in Political Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2016), an MA in Economics from China Center for Economic Research at Peking University (2010) and a BA in Economics (2007) from Fudan University.
His work has appeared in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Political Science Research and Methods, among other peer-reviewed journals. He has won several professional awards, including the best article award from American Journal of Political Science in 2016 and the Miller Prize for the best work appearing in Political Analysis in 2017.
Assistant Professor, Political Science
- How Much Should We Trust Estimates from Multiplicative Interaction Models? Simple Tools to Improve Empirical Practice POLITICAL ANALYSIS 2019; 27 (2): 163–92
- Outspoken Insiders: Political Connections and Citizen Participation in Authoritarian China POLITICAL BEHAVIOR 2018; 40 (3): 629–57
- China's Ideological Spectrum JOURNAL OF POLITICS 2018; 80 (1): 254–73
- Incremental Democracy: The Policy Effects of Partisan Control of State Government JOURNAL OF POLITICS 2017; 79 (4): 1342–58
- Why Do Authoritarian Regimes Allow Citizens to Voice Opinions Publicly? JOURNAL OF POLITICS 2017; 79 (3): 792–803
- Information Manipulation and Reform in Authoritarian Regimes POLITICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH AND METHODS 2017; 5 (1): 163–78
- Generalized Synthetic Control Method: Causal Inference with Interactive Fixed Effects Models POLITICAL ANALYSIS 2017; 25 (1): 57–76
- Sources of Authoritarian Responsiveness: A Field Experiment in China AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE 2016; 60 (2): 383-400
- Informal Institutions, Collective Action, and Public Investment in Rural China AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW 2015; 109 (2): 371–91