Xiaojun Li

Xiaojun Li is an Associate Professor of Political Science at NYU Shanghai and Affiliated Professor of Politics in the Wilf Family Department of Politics at NYU. He has also held visiting positions at Harvard University‚Äôs Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the East-West Center in Honolulu, and the ISEAS‚ÄďYusof Ishak Institute in Singapore.¬†

His recent books include How China Sees the World: Insights from China’s International Relations Scholars (Palgrave 2019), Fragmenting Globalization: The Politics of Preferential Trade Liberalization in China and the United States (University of Michigan Press 2021), and Token Forces: How Tiny Troop Deployments became Ubiquitous in UN Peacekeeping (Cambridge University Press 2022). 

He has published numerous articles in general political science journals such as the Journal of Politics and Political Science Research and Methods, international relations journals such as the Chinese Journal of International Politics, International Affairs, and International Studies Quarterly, area studies journals such as Asian Survey, China Quarterly, and Pacific Affairs, as well as interdisciplinary journals such as Business and Politics, Regulation and Governance, and Studies in Comparative International Development. 

His research has received grants and awards from such organizations as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the National Science Foundation of the United States, the American Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, the Association of Chinese Political Studies, and the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation.

He holds a PhD in political science from Stanford University and is a former fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program.

Select Publications
  • Token Forces: How Tiny Troop Deployments became Ubiquitous in UN Peacekeeping¬†(with Katharina Coleman), Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Elements in International Relations, 2022.
  • ‚ÄúFirms as Revenue Safety Net: Political Connections and Returns to the Chinese State‚ÄĚ (with Jean Oi and Chaohua Han),¬†The China Quarterly¬†(2022).
  • ‚ÄúChinese Public Opinion about US‚ÄďChina Relations from Trump to Biden¬†(with Songying Fang and Adam Liu),¬†Chinese Journal of International Politics¬†(2022), Volume 15, Issue 1, pp. 27‚Äď46.
  • Fragmenting Globalization: The Politics of Preferential Trade Liberalization in China and the United States¬†(with Ka Zeng), University of Michigan Press (Michigan Studies in International Political Economy), 2021.
  • How China Sees the World: Insights from China‚Äôs International Relations Scholars¬†(with Kai He and Huiyun Feng), Palgrave Macmillam, 2019.
  • PhD, Political Science
    Stanford University
  • MS, Statistics
    University of Georgia
  • MA, Political Science
    University of Georgia
  • BA, English
    China Foreign Affairs University
Research Interests
  • International Political Economy: Trade, Foreign Direct Investments, Global Supply Chains
  • International Security: Territorial Disputes, Peacekeeping, China‚ÄďUS Relations
  • Regional Focus: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, North America

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