Xiaoyu Pu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Xiaoyu Pu

Contact Information


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


Xiaoyu Pu's research focuses on Chinese foreign policy, Sino-American Relations, emerging powers (BRICS), and international relations theory. Before joining the University of Nevada, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program. His research has appeared in International Security, International Affairs, The China Quarterly, The Chinese Journal of International Politics, Asian Affairs, Mainland China Studies, and Foreign Affairs Review. He is a co-editor of The Chinese Journal of International Politics (Oxford University Press). He serves on the editorial board of Foreign Affairs Review (Beijing). His commentaries have appeared on BBC, South China Morning, and Phoenix Satellite Television. He is the author of a forthcoming book entitled "Limited Rebranding: Contested Status Signaling and China's Global Repositioning." He has been invited to deliver speeches in many think tanks and universities, including the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Brazil, the National Committee on United States-China Relations, Princeton University, and Tsinghua University. He is the founder and moderator of GCIR, a global scholarly listserv on international relations and China.

Research interest

  • International relations
  • Comparative politics
  • Chinese foreign policy
  • Emerging powers (BRICS)
  • International relations theory

Class Materials

  • PSC 405D/605D    US Foreign Policy
  • PSC 407B/607B     Political System of East Asia
  • PSC 407F/607F     Political System of China
  • PSC 407Z               Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (BRICS)
  • PSC 731                 Seminar in International Relations (graduate)


Journal Articles

  • 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. Reprinted in The United States and China: A Batch from International Security (MIT Press, 2014).
  • Xiaoyu Pu, "Socialisation as a Two-way Process: Emerging Powers and the Diffusion of International Norms," The Chinese Journal of International Politics (Vol 5, Issue 4, Winter 2012), pp.341-367. Reprinted in Contending Theories of Rising Powers, eds. Sun Xuefeng, Taylor Fravel and Liu Feng (Oxford University Press, 2017).
  • Randall L. Schweller and Xiaoyu Pu, "After Unipolarity: China's Visions of International Order in an Era of U.S. Decline," International Security, Vol. 36, No. 1 (Summer 2011), pp. 41-72. Reprinted in Essential Readings in World Politics. Karen Mingst and Jack Snyder eds (New York: W.W. Norton, 2013). Reprinted in The United States and China: A Batch from International Security (MIT Press, 2014).
  • Bin Xu and Xiaoyu Pu, "Dynamic Statism and Memory Politics: A Case Analysis of the Chinese War Reparations Movement," The China Quarterly, Vol 201. (March 2010), pp. 156-175. The article received the best graduate student paper award, Asia and Asian America Section, American Sociological Association, 2010.
  • Xiaoyu Pu, "China and International Order Revisited: A Political Sociology Perspective," [In Chinese], World Economics and Politics, (January 2010), pp.23-36. Reprint in East Asian Order: Ideas, Institutions, and Strategies, Zhou Fangying, and Gao Chen eds. (Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press, 2012).
  • Steven Hook and Xiaoyu Pu, "Framing Sino-American Relations Under Stress: A Reexamination of News Coverage of the 2001 Spy Plane Crisis," Asian Affairs: an American Review, Volume 33, Number 3 (Fall 2006), pp. 167-183.

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

  • "Chinese Scholars Debate International Positioning," Griffith-Tsinghua Conference on "Chinese Scholars Debate International Relations," Sponsored by  MacArthur  Foundation, Beijing, December 11-12, 2016.
  • "To Dream an Impossible Dream," presentation at the workshop on "Japan and a Contested Order in Northeast Asia: The nexus of security, economy, and identity," co-organized by Yul Sohn and T. J. Pempel, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, October 25th, 2016.
  • "One Belt, One Road: Visions and Constraints of China's New Grand Strategy," The 44th Taiwan-American Conference on Contemporary China, National Chengchi University, Taipei, December 3-4, 2015.
  • "Identity Politics Cross the Taiwan Strait," The 9th Annual Workshop on Taiwan issue, Co-sponsored by Taiwan Affairs Office of PRC State Council (Cabinet), Global Forum of Chinese Political Scientists, Peking University, Beijing, July 8-9, 2015.
  • "Maritime Disputes in the East and South China Seas and Impact on U.S. China Relations," Speaker at the 8th CHINA Town Hall, the National Committee of United States-China Relations and Southwest Council of China, Portland, Oregon, October 16, 2014.