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Ping Xu

  • Associate Professor
  • Washburn Hall, Rm 130
  • Phone: 401.874.4053
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Ping Xu joined the Political Science Department at URI in the fall of 2012. Her research interests include political economy, Chinese politics, inequality, immigration, the welfare state, and social movements. Her work has appeared in journals like American Journal of Political Science, State Politics and Policy QuarterlyThe Policy Studies Journal, The China Quarterly, American Politics Research, Social Science Quarterly, and in edited books like Oxford Handbook of State and Local Politics. Professor Xu’s teaching interests include Chinese politics, research methodology and political economy.

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Political economy, inequality, the welfare state, globalization and immigration, Chinese politics


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Louisiana State University, 2012
  • M.Sc., Public Administration (with Honors), Leiden University (The Netherlands), 2007
  • B.Sc., Business Administration, Wuhan University (China), 2005


James C. Garand, Ping Xu and Belinda Davis. 2017. “Immigration Attitudes and Support for the Welfare State in the American Mass Public,” American Journal of Political Science, 61(1), pp. 649-667.

Ping Xu. 2017. “Compensation or Retrenchment? The Paradox of Immigration and Public Welfare Spending in the American States,” State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 17(1), pp. 76-104.

Marc L. Hutchison and Ping Xu. 2017. “Trust in China? The Impact of Development, Inequality, and Openness on Political Trust across China’s Provinces, 2001-2012,” Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, 2(2), pp. 176-195.

Ping Xu, James C. Garand and Ling Zhu. 2016. “Imported Inequality? Immigration and Income Inequality in the American States,” State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 16(2), pp. 147-171.

James C. Garand and Ping Xu. 2016. “Bureaucrats, Policy Attitudes, and Political Behavior: A Reappraisal,” in Daniel Rubenson and Peter Loewen (ed.), Duty and Choice: Participation and Preferences in Democratic Elections, Toronto: University of Toronto.

Ping Xu and Brian Krueger. 2015. “Trade Exposure and the Polarization of Government Spending in the American States”, American Politics Research, 43(5), pp. 793-820.

Ling Zhu and Ping Xu. 2015. “Imported Inequality: The Newcomers, State Policy, and Health Disparity in the United States,” Policy Studies Journal, 43(4), 456-483.

Ping Xu, Xiaoli Li, Xi Zuo, and Huang Zhang. 2014. “China after the Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008,” in Naim Kapucu and Kuotsai Tom Liou (ed.), Disaster & Development: Examining Global Issues and Cases, New York: Springer International Publishing, pp. 427-447.

James Garand, Justin Ulrich and Ping Xu. 2013. “Fiscal Policy in the American States,” in Donald Haider-Markel (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government Politics, a volume of Oxford Handbooks of American Politics, New York: Oxford University Press.

Xi Chen and Ping Xu. 2011. “From Resistance to Advocacy: Political Representation for Disabled People in China,” The China Quarterly, 207(1), pp. 649-667.

Ping Xu and James Garand. 2010. “Economic Contexts and Americans’ Attitudes toward Income Inequality,” Social Science Quarterly, 91(5), pp. 1220-1241.


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