I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University, with a major field in comparative politics (minors in methodology and political economy). I study authoritarianism with particular interests in surveillance and repression. My dissertation book project, To Repress or To Co-opt? Authoritarian Control in the Age of Digital Surveillance, explores how digital surveillance shapes the politics of violence and redistribution in authoritarian regimes, especially China. My work combines an attention to causal inference using archival data with game theory and field studies. My research is published in journals including the Journal of Comparative Economics. Two of my research manuscripts have currently received invitations to revise and resubmit at the Journal of Politics and Environmental Science and Policy. A copy of my curriculum vitae can be found here.


Xu Xu
210 Pond Lab, University Park, PA 16802
Email: xux112 [at] psu.edu
Phone: (607)227-5140