Ping Xu

  • Professor and Director of the M.A. Program
  • Washburn Hall, Rm 223
  • Phone: 401.874.4053
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Dr. 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.

Professor Xu is currently serving as the Graduate Director of the MA in International Relations program.

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


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

Selected Publications

Ping Xu and Ling Zhu. 2022. “Immigration, Policy Exclusion, and State-Level Inequality in TANF Usage,” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, 7(3): 406-432.

Ping Xu, Kristin Johnson and Ashlea Rundlett. 2022. “E-Participation in Contemporary China: A Comparison with Conventional Offline Participation.” Chinese Public Administration Review, 13(3): 150-161.

Mingmin Zhang, Yinjiao Ye, and Ping Xu. 2021. “An Empirical Test of the Perceived Social Media Values and Usage in China.” Journalism & Communication Review, 74(5): 28-42.

Joseph Essig, Ping Xu, James Garand, and Ceren Keser. 2021. “The ‘Trump’ Effect: Elite Rhetoric and Support for Free Trade in America,” American Politics Research, 49(3): 328-342.

Ping Xu, Yinjiao Ye, Mingxin Zhang. 2018. “Assessing Political Participation on the Internet in Contemporary China,” Chinese Journal of Communication, 11(3): 243-266.

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.

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.