For scholars of Chinese politics


On December 15, 2017, Liz Perry, Lily Tsai, and I organized a Chinese politics workshop at Harvard University in which we invited over 50 scholars to discuss the state of the Chinese politics field. Each participant was invited to submit a memo, on a topic of their choice, to reflect the past, present, and future of Chinese politics research. After the workshop, many participants have generously offered to share their memos online. Here is a zip file that includes these memos: [DOWNLOAD]


Xiaobo Lü (UT Austin) and I have launched Chinese Politics Research in Progress (CPRP) — a new virtual workshop series focused on political science research on China. We welcome presentations by scholars at all career stages (e.g., graduate students, post-docs, junior and senior faculty) in comparative politics and international relations and with different methodological approaches (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, formal modeling etc.). The CPRP virtual workshop will be held between *12:00-1:00PM* (Central Standard Time) on Fridays every two or three weeks during the regular academic year. The workshop typically lasts about 1 hour.


For early-career scholars in Chinese politics


Taylor FravelYue Hou, Zhenhuan (Reed) Lei, Melanie Manion, Dan Mattingly, and I have formed a Consortium on New Faces in Chinese Politics. We have organized a series of events to help young China scholars navigate field research and the job market. In August 2021, we hosted the first New Faces in Chinese Politics Conference at Duke University. We will rotate the conference at our home institutions, with the second at the University of Wiconsin-Madison in 2022 and University of Pennsylvania in 2023.

On October 20, 2020, we organized a special Zoom Webinar: THE JOB MARKET FOR PHD STUDENTS IN CHINESE POLITICS: 2020 AND AFTER . We invited 12 scholars and practioners to discuss China-related jobs in academia, think tanks, government, and the private sector. Here is the video of the webinar: [WATCH]

On March 23, 2021, we organized a Webinar on DOING FIELDWORK IN CHINA: CONVERSATIONS WITH PRACTITIONERS. We invited 12 Chinese politics scholars to discuss why we need to do fieldwork and how to do fieldwork. Here is the recording of the webinar:[WATCH]


For future graduate students in political science


Since 2020, I have been working with graduate school applicants from China to revise their statements of purpose (SOP).  If you are in China and applying for Ph.D. programs in political science and would like to receive some feedback for your SOP, please send it to me ( by December 1st every year. I will do my best to get back to you within 2 weeks.

Here is a short essay I wrote (updated for 2021) about how to write SOP for graduate school application (including 5 examples from successful applicants): [DOWNLOAD]


For scholars of historical political economy


I am one of the editors at Broadstreet, which is a blog dedicated to the study of historical political economy (HPE). Its goal is to foster conversations across disciplines in the social sciences, namely economics and political science, but also history, sociology, quantitative methods, and public policy. You can visit Broadstreet here: [VISIT