Yu Xiao is a PhD candidate trained in comparative politics and political methodology. Her research interests include comparative political economy in authoritarian regimes, with a regional focus on China and Latin America, and China-Latin America relations. In her dissertation, she studies why some authoritarian regimes implement economic decentralization policies while others pursue economic centralization policies. She analyzes this question using a game-theoretical model and compares two party-based authoritarian systems, China under CPC and Mexico under PRI. In addition, she has coauthored three book chapters on China-Latin America relations. She has also taught classes on comparative politics and research methods.
Education & Training
- M.A., Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
- M.A., Political Science, New York University, 2010
- B.Phil., Philosophy, Peking University, China, 2008
- Pérez-López, Jorge, and Yu Xiao. 2019. "Foreign Investment and Economic Growth in Cuba: Lessons from China." In Paths for Cuba: Reforming Communism in Comparative Perspective, edited by Scott Morgenstern, Jorge Pérez-López, and Jerome Branche. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.
- Armony, Ariel C., and Yu Xiao. 2016. "Toward an Understanding of a Global China." In China and Latin America in Transition: Policy Dynamics, Economic Commitments and Social Impacts, edited by Cui Shoujun and Manuel Pérez García, 35-50. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
- In Chinese: 寻求一种对全球性中国的理解：一个拉丁美洲的视角
- Spanakos, Anthony Peter, and Yu Xiao. 2012. "Se necesitan tres: relaciones entre China, Estados Unidos y América Latina." In China en América Latina: reflexiones sobre las relaciones transpacíficas, edited by Benjamin Creutzfeldt, 151-191. Bogotá, Colombia: Universidad Externado de Colombia.
- Spanakos, Anthony Peter, and Yu Xiao. 2010. "Has the Rise of China Made Latin America More Unsafe?" In China and International Relations: The Chinese View and the Contribution of Wang Gungwu, edited by Zheng Yongnian, 221-244. New York, NY: Routledge.