Welcome! I am Xiaoxiao Shen, a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. My research interests span from comparative political behavior, political psychology, and authoritarian politics to quantitative methods. My specific focus is on understanding citizens’ political attitudes and psychological behavior in authoritarian countries.

I obtained a B.Sc in Mathematics with Statistics from Imperial College London and an M.Phil in Social Science from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. My work has appeared in British Journal of Political Science, Governance, and World Development.



  • Yang, Wenhui, and Xiaoxiao Shen. ”Can Social Welfare Buy Mass Loyalty? Evidence from China”. Governance (2020). Read here

  • Shen, Xiaoxiao, and Rory Truex. ”In Search of Self-Censorship”. British Journal of Political Science (2020). Read here

  • Shen, Xiaoxiao, and Kellee S. Tsai. ” Institutional Adaptability in China: Local Developmental Models under Changing Economic Conditions ” . World Development 87 (2016). Read here


Measuring Populism: Evidence from China”, with Jiehan Liu

When Does Self-interest Trump Ideology in Authoritarian Regimes? ”, with Dongshu Liu

Propaganda for Hearts in Autocracies ”, with Jung Chen


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Chinese Politics

Spring 2021

Head Preceptor, Teaching Assistant, Princeton University

Course Evaluation

Quantitative Social Science

Fall / Spring 2020

Head Preceptor, Teaching Assistant, Princeton University

Course Evaluation

Comparative Politics

Spring 2019/2020

Teaching Assistant, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


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