About me


I am an assistant professor of political science at the University of Connecticut. My research interests lie in the political economy of transition and emerging economies. My current research focuses on land property rights and their impact on rural governance and development in China. I received my Ph.D. in political science and M.Sc in agricultural and applied economics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Prior to joining UConn, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

Originally from China, I received my B.A. in public administration at the University of Science and Technology, Beijing. Immediately following my graduation from college, I attended the University of Toronto, where I earned an M.A. in political science with an Asia Pacific area focus. Between graduate studies in Canada and in the US, I worked at the China Development and Research Foundation, a government think tank initiated by the Development and Research Center of the State Council in China.  

Contact Info:

Department of Political Science
University of Connecticut
365 Fairfield Way, Unit 1024
Storrs, CT 06269


Phone: (860)486-3352
Fax: (860)486-3347 
E-mail: meina.cai@uconn.edu