I am currently a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Penn State, with a major field in comparative politics (minors in methodology and political economy). I study authoritarian politics with a particular interest in the politics of information, especially digital surveillance. Methodologically, I focus on causal inference and game theory. I explore innovative identification strategies and measures to tackle important issues including repression, propaganda, social trust, and corruption in authoritarian countries, especially China. My research is published in the Journal of Comparative Economics and Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education. A copy of my curriculum vitae can be found here.


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