I am assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Howard University. My main research interests include Political Economy, Sustainable Development and Chinese Economy.

Contact Information: zhun.xu@howard.edu

Please see below for some of my recent writings:




Research Papers

1. Agrarian change and economic development

Decollectivization, Collective Legacy and Uneven Agricultural Development in China, accepted, World Development

The Development of Capitalist Agriculture in China, forthcoming, Review of Radical Political Economics.

Grain production, food import and national food security, invited, Routledge Handbook of Rural China

世界历史中的中国粮食安全,2016,中国社会科学内部文稿

Stratification, Incentives and the Fall of the Rural Collectives in Songzi County in China, 2015, Development and Change.

China's Grain Production: Ten Years of Consecutive Growth or A Decade of Stagnation? (Zhun Xu, Wei Zhang, Minqi Li), 2014 May, Monthly Review






2. Health, Nutrition and family

Class, Gender and Household labor, (with Wei Zhang), in progress

Explaining the changing class-nutrition relationship in China (with Wei Zhang), conditionally accepted, American Journal of Public Health

Tobacco consumption and social class, (with Wei Zhang), work in progress

Commodification and Westernization: Explaining declining nutrition intake in contemporary rural China (with Wei Zhang), Journal of Agrarian Change, 2015

Do Black-White Racial Disparities in Breastfeeding Persist in the Military Community? (Jennifer Lundquist, Zhun Xu, Wanda Barfield, Irma Elo), forthcoming , Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Reinstitutionalizing Families: Life Course Policy and Marriage in the Military (Jennifer Lundquist, Zhun Xu), Journal of Marriage and Family.2014 October, Vol. 76 Issue 5

Racial Disparities in U.S. Infant Birth Outcomes: A Mediating Effect of Military Affiliation? (Jennifer Lundquist, Irma Elo, Wanda Barfield, Zhun Xu), 2014, Race and Social Problems.




3. China model and the working class

Informal economy and China's economic development (with Ying Chen), working paper

Are Chinese Workers Paid the Correct Wages? Measuring Wage Underpayment in the Chinese Industrial Sector, 2005-2010 (Zhun Xu, Ying Chen, Minqi Li), 2015, Review of Radical Political Economics

Living Wage, overtime work and China's sustainable economic development, (Zhongjin Li, Ying Chen, Hao Qi, Zhun Xu), 2012,  China Review of Political Economy (in Chinese)



4. Global capitalism

Economic surplus, the Baran ratio and global capitalism, work in progress


The global food regime: crisis and restructuring , working paper



Book review and commentaries

Book Review of Old China's New Economy by T.K. Bhaumik, Review of Radical Political Economics, 2013.

The Chongqing Event and Its Implications, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol xlvii No 14, April, 2012