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

Regional Diversity and Socialist Legacy in China, under review

The global food regime: crisis and restructuring , under review

How capitalist is the Chinese agriculture?, work in progress


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

Explaining the changing class-nutrition relationship in China (with Wei Zhang), under review

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

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)

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