Xiaoyu Pu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Xiaoyu Pu


Xiaoyu Pu is an associate professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is a Public Intellectuals Program fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations and a non-resident senior fellow with the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. In the 2012-13 academic year, Pu was a postdoctoral fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program at Princeton University. In 2016, he was a Stanton Fellow at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Brazil. Pu is the author of Rebranding China: Contested Status Signaling in the Changing Global Order (The Studies in Asian Security Series, Stanford University Press, 2019). His research has appeared in International Security, International Affairs, The China Quarterly and The Chinese Journal of International Politics. He is an editor of The Chinese Journal of International Politics and an editorial board member of Foreign Affairs Review (Beijing).

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Research interests

  • Chinese foreign policy
  • East Asian politics
  • Emerging world powers (BRICS)
  • International relations theory

Courses taught

  • PSC 405D/605D US Foreign Policy
  • PSC 407B/607B Political System of East Asia
  • PSC 407F/607F Political System of China
  • PSC 408/608C Emerging World Powers (BRICS)
  • PSC 731 Seminar in International Relations (graduate)



  • Xiaoyu Pu, Rebranding China: Contested Status Signaling in the Changing Global Order (The Studies in Asian Security Book Series, Stanford University Press, 2019).

Journal articles

  • Xiaoyu Pu, “One Mountain, Two Tigers: China, the United States, and the Status Dilemma in the Indo-Pacific,” Asia Policy 14 (3), July 2019.
  • Chunman Zhang and Xiaoyu Pu. "Introduction: Can America and China Escape the Thucydides Trap?." Journal of Chinese Political Science (March 2019), Volume 24, Issue 1: 1-9.
  • Xiaoyu Pu and Chengli Wang, “Rethinking China’s Rise: Chinese Scholars Debate Strategic Overstretch,” International Affairs (September 2018), 94 (5), pp.1019-1035.
  • Xiaoyu Pu, "China’s International Leadership: Regional Activism vs. Global Reluctance." Chinese Political Science Review 3, no. 1 (2018), pp.48-61.
  • Xiaoyu Pu, “Controversial Identity of a Rising China,” The Chinese Journal of International Politics (Summer 2017), Volume 10, Issue 2, pp. 131-149.
  • Xiaoyu Pu, “Ambivalent Accommodation: Status Signaling of a Rising India and China’s Response,” International Affairs (January 2017), 93 (1), pp. 147-163.
  • Xiaoyu Pu, “One Belt, One Road: Visions and Challenges of China’s Geoeconomic Strategy,” Mainland China Studies Vol.59 No.3 (September 2016), pp.111-126.
  • Dingding Chen, Xiaoyu Pu, and Alastair Iain Johnston, “Correspondence: Debating China's Assertiveness." International Security 38, no. 3 (Winter 2013/14), pp. 176-183.

Book chapters

  • Xiaoyu Pu, "Interdependent Rivals: China's Economic Statecraft towards Japan," in Mingjiang Li and Natalie Yan Hong eds. China's Economic Statecraft: Co-option, Cooperation, and Coercion, Singapore: World Scientific, 2016.
  • Xiaoyu Pu and Randall Schweller, "Status Signaling, Multiple Audiences, and China's Blue-water Naval Ambition." In T.V. Paul, Deborah Larson, and William Wohlforth eds. Status in World Politics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Selected presentations

  • "Status Signaling and Great Power Politics," Workshop on International Relations Theoretical Innovation, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, July 6, 2019.
  • “China and International Relations of Status Signaling” and “Red Mask and White Mask: Chinese Regional Diplomacy,” TOCHINA Summer School, University of Turin, Turin, Italy, June 2019.
  • “The China-US Bilateral Relationship,” NATO Defense College, Rome, Italy, May 27, 2019.


  • Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • M.A., Kent State University
  • M.A., Nankai University, China
  • B.A., Nankai University, China