Welcome! I am associate professor of political science at the University of British Columbia and non-resident scholar at the 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. I have also held visiting positions at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (2014-2015), Fudan Development Institute (2016), and the East-West Center (2018).

My previous and ongoing research can be broadly divided into three research programs that investigate (1) the impact of domestic politics on the process and content of foreign economic and security policies, (2) the impact of global supply chains on trade and investment, and (3) the political economy of trade liberalization in developing and post-communist countries. In all of these research programs, I use China as the primary case of inquiry and employ a variety of methods, including interviews, archival research, historical institutional analysis, survey research, web-scraping, and large-N analysis. 

He is the coauthor of How China Sees the World: Insights from China’s International Relations Scholars (Palgrave 2019) and Fragmenting Globalization: The Politics of Preferential Trade Liberalization in China and the United States (University of Michigan Press, 2021). My articles have appeared in Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, International Affairs, Business and PoliticsCanadian Journal of Political ScienceChinese Journal of International PoliticsForeign Policy AnalysisInternational Relations of the Asia-PacificJournal of Contemporary China, and Journal of Experimental Political Science, among others. My research has received grants and awards from such organizations as the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the National Science Foundation of the United States, the American Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, the Association of Chinese Political Studies, the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, the China Times Cultural Foundation, and the Chinese Ministry of Education

A native of Shanghai, China, I received my Bachelor's degree in English and international studies from China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, Master's degrees in political science and statistics from the University of Georgia, and Doctor of Philosophy in political science from Stanford University. My first name is pronounced "shee·ow ji·win".

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Recent Research

How China Sees the World

Insights From China’s International Relations Scholars


Forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan (December 2019)


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This book intends to make sense of how Chinese leaders perceive China’s rise in the world through the eyes of China’s international relations (IR) scholars. Drawing on a unique, four-year opinion survey of these scholars carried out at the annual conference of the Chinese Community of Political Science and International Studies (CCPSIS) in Beijing from 2014–2017, the authors examine Chinese IR scholars’ perceptions and their changes over time of key issues related to China’s power, its relationship with the United States and other major countries, and China’s position in the international system. Furthermore, the authors complement the surveys with a textual analysis of the academic publications in China’s top five IR journals. By comparing and contrasting the opinion surveys and textual analyses, this book sheds new light on how Chinese IR scholars view the world as well as how they might influence China’s foreign policy.

  • First book that systematically examines Chinese scholars’ perceptions of international relations
  • Includes findings from a four-year survey research study (2014-2017) in Beijing, designed as a semi-longitudinal study in order to gauge the changing attitudes and perceptions of Chinese scholars
  • Part of a multi-year project, “Understanding China’s Rise through the Eyes of Chinese IR Scholars,” funded by the MacArthur Foundation

Brexit identities and British public opinion on China 

Wilfred M. Chow, Enze Han, Xiaojun Li

International Affairs, Volume 95, Issue 6, November 2019, Pages 1369–1387.
Read the paper here (Open Access): https://doi.org/10.1093/ia/iiz191.