Assistant Professor

Xiaojun Li (Ph.D. Stanford University) joined the department in 2013. His research falls broadly in the area of international and comparative political economy with a focus on China. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Asian SurveyChinese Journal of International Politics, Chinese Political Science ReviewForeign Policy Analysis, International Relations of the Asia-PacificInternational Studies QuarterlyJournal of Chinese Political Science, Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of Experimental Political Science as well as edited volumes. He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the domestic sources of the wide variation in both statutory and administered protection across Chinese manufacturing industries during and after China’s accession to the World Trade Organization. He will be offering courses in international political economy, Chinese government  and politics, and China in world politics. During the 2014-2015 academic year, he was a Princeton-Harvard China and the World postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. For more information on his published and ongoing research, please visit his personal website.


Recent Research

Pragmatism amidst Anxiety: Canadian Opinions on China and China-Canada Relations (with Paul Evans)

Op-Ed: The Globe and Mail

Media Coverage: National Post, UBC News, Global Times (in Chinese), Xinhua News


Does Conditionality Still Work? China’s Development Assistance and Democracy in Africa


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Winter 2017

POLI321A Chinese Politics and Development - CHIN POLIT DEVEL Sections

The course will explore various aspects of Chinese politics and the dynamics of Chinas development since 1949. Topics include: the Cultural Revolution, political reform and protest, and economic reform policies and their consequences.

Winter 2017

POLI572A Quantitative Techniques of Political Analysis - TECH POLI ANLYS Sections

Peer-Reviewed Articles
  1. “Business as Usual? Economic Responses to Political Tensions between China and Japan” (with Adam Liu), International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, forthcoming.
  2. “Unpacking the Patterns of Corporate Restructuring during China’s SOE Reform”  (with Jean C. Oi), Economic and Political Studies, forthcoming.
  3. “Individual Preferences for FDI in Developing Countries: Experimental Evidence from China” (with Ka Zeng), Journal of Experimental Political Science (2017), Volume 4, Issue 3.
  4. “Public Perceptions of International Leadership in China and the United States” (with Stefano Burzo), Chinese Political Science Review (2017), Volume 2, Issue 4.
  5. “Does Conditionality Still Work? China’s Development Assistance and Democracy in Africa”, Chinese Political Science Review (2017), Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 201-220.
  6. “Chinese Citizens’ Trust in Japan and South Korea: Findings from a Four-City Survey” (with Dingding Chen and Jianwei Wang), International Studies Quarterly (2016), Volume 60, Issue 4, pp. 778-789.
  7. “Measuring Local Corruption in China: A Cautionary Tale”, Journal of Chinese Political Science (2016), Volume 21, Issue 1, pp. 21-38.
  8. “Who Pollutes? Ownership Type and Environmental Performance of Chinese Firms” (with Chris Chan), Journal of Contemporary China (2016), Volume 25, Issue 98, pp. 248-263.
  9. “Understanding China’s Behavioral Change in the WTO Dispute Settlement System: Power, Capacity and Normative Constraints in Trade Adjudication”, Asian Survey (2012), Volume 52, Issue 6: 1111-1137.
  10. “U.S. Military Aid and Recipient Country Cooperation” (with Patricia Sullivan and Brock Tessman), Foreign Policy Analysis (2011), Volume 7, Issue 3: 275-294.
  11. “Social Rewards and Socialization Effects: an Alternative Explanation to the Motivation behind China’s Participation in International Institutions”. Chinese Journal of International Politics (2010), Volume 3, Issue 3: 347-377. [Reprinted in Xuefeng Sun, Matt Ferchen and M. Taylor Fravel (eds.) China’s Rise and International Norms. Oxford University Press, 2012.]
Book Chapters 
  1. “Environmental Management, Financing and Performance in Chinese Firms: Evidence from a Nationwide Survey”, in Bingqiang Ren and Huisheng Shou (eds.) Governing the Chinese Environment in a Changing Society: Dynamics, Challenges, and Prospects (2013), Palgrave Macmillan.
  2. “Learning and Socialization in International Institutions: China’s Experience with the WTO Dispute Settlement System”, in Mingjiang Li (ed.) China Joins Global Governance: Cooperation and Contentions (2012). Rowman & Littlefield: Lexington Books.
  3. “Reciprocity and Adaptation in U.S-China Foreign Policy Behaviors”, in Robert Grafstein and Fan Wan (eds.) A Bridge Too Far?: Commonalities and Differences between China and the U.S. (2009), Rowman & Littlefield: Lexington Books.
Other Publications
  1. “China as a Trading Superpower”, in Nicholas Kitchen (ed.) China’s Geoeconomic Strategy, LSE IDEAS Special Report 12, London School of Economics, London, UK., 2012.
  2. “Legalizing Nuclear Abandonment: When Do States Enter Nuclear Weapons Free Zones?” (with Matthew Fuhrmann) , Harvard Kennedy School Managing the Atom Project, March 14, 2008.
  3. “China and Multilateral Export Control Regimes: A Case of Socialization Effects in International Institutions”, The Monitor (2006), Volume 12, Issue 1: 10-14, Center for International Trade and Security.

Work In Progress (Selected)

  1. “The Face of Internet Recruitment: Evaluating Labor Markets of Online Crowdsourcing Platforms in China” (with Weiyi Shi and Boliang Zhu), under review.
  2. “Historical Ownership, Territorial Indivisibility, and International Conflict” (with Songying Fang), under review.
  3. “Anticipatory Responses to PTA Exclusion: Chinese Manufacturing Firms and the Trans-Pacific Partnership” (with Robert Gulotty), under review.


My latest CV can be found here.