King Center on Global Development
Kwoh Ting Li Professor in Economic Development and Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI)
Xueguang Zhou is the Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Economic Development, a professor of sociology, and a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute. His main area of research is institutional changes in contemporary Chinese society, focusing on Chinese organizations and management, social inequality, and state-society relationships.
One of Zhou's current research projects is a study of the rise of the bureaucratic state in China. He works with students and colleagues to conduct participatory observations of government behaviors in environmental regulation enforcement, policy implementation, bureaucratic bargaining, and incentive designs. Another ongoing project is an ethnographic study of rural governance in China. His recent publications examine the role of bureaucracy in public goods provision in rural China; interactions among peasants, markets and capital; multiple logics in village elections; and collusion among local governments in policy implementation.
Before joining Stanford in 2006, Zhou taught at Cornell University, Duke University, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is a guest professor at Peking University, Tsinghua University, and The People's University of China. He received his PhD in sociology from Stanford University in 1991.