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Yiqing Xu

Yiqing Xu

Faculty Affiliate
Stanford King Center on Global Development
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
PhD, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2016
MA, Economics, China Center for Economic Research at Peking University, 2010
BA, Economics, Fudan University, 2007


Yiqing Xu is an assistant professor at department of political science, Stanford University. He works in political methodology and comparative politics, focusing on China.

He received a PhD in political science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016, an MA in economics from China Center for Economic Research at Peking University in 2010 and a BA in economics from Fudan University in 2007. He taught at University of California San Diego from 2016 to 2019 and is a faculty affiliate at the 21st Century China Center.

His work has appeared, or will soon appear, in American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceThe Journal of PoliticsPolitical AnalysisPolitical Science Research and Methods, among other peer reviewed journals. He has been awarded the John T. Williams Dissertation Prize by the Society for Political Methodology, Best Article Award from American Journal of Political Science, Editors' Choice Award from Political Analysis, and the Miller Prize for the best work appearing in Political Analysis.

In addition to his research on political methodology and Chinese political economy, he writes column articles for major Chinese media, including Caijing, LifeWeek, WSJ (China), and The Paper, and book reviews for established journals. He 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. He also worked as a consultant for the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank.