About Me

My name is Ping Xu or 徐萍 in Chinese and I grew up in Hubei province of China. I received my undergraduate degree from Wuhan University in China and my master’s degree from Leiden University in the Netherlands. In 2012, I joined the political science faculty at University of Rhode Island after receiving my Ph.D. degree from Louisiana State University.

My research interests include political economy and Chinese politics, and I am particularly interested in the following two interrelated research programs: (1) globalization’s impact on domestic political and policy outcomes, and (2) the effects of economic and technological developments on citizens’ political attitudes and behavior. My work has been published in both Chinese and English and has appeared in journals such as American Journal of Political Science, Policy Studies Journal, American Politics Research, The China Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Politics & Policy, Social Science Quarterly, and in edited books like Oxford Handbook of State and Local Politics. 

I am currently teaching Introduction to Political Science Research, Chinese politics, and Laboratory classes on research methods. I also taught courses like Introduction to Comparative politics, International Women’s Issues, Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies in the past. 

Contact information:
Phone: (401) 874-4053
Email: pingxu@uri.edu