Shengqiao Lin

Shengqiao Lin

Postdoctoral Fellow

Harvard University

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My name is Shengqiao Lin 林声巧. Starting this July, I will join Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Reimagining the Economy Project at the Center for International Development as a postdoctoral research fellow. I received my Ph.D. degreee from the University of Texas at Austin, advised by Professor Xiaobo Lü.

My research centers on political economy and state-business relations with a regional focus on China. I am interested in how firms and individuals respond to government intervention in the market (e.g., policy shifts, industrial policy, economic sanction), and how these interactions shape governance outcomes such as development, governance and legitimacy. My work has been accepted or published at Journal of Politics, Journal of Contempoary China, Asian Survey, and Issues & Studies. My job market paper has received APSA 2023 Best Conference Paper Award (Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award). My work has been featured by the Economist and Taiwan Insight.

As an advocate for making social science accessible, I have composed more than 180 public-facing summaries of journal articles since 2020. This academic blog Invitation to Political Science has garnered over 1.3 million reads on social media (avaliable at Weibo and Notion).

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  • Political Economy of Development
  • State-business Relation
  • Corporate Political Strategy
  • International Political Economy
  • Chinese Politics


  • Ph.D. in Government, 2024 May

    The University of Texas at Austin

  • M.A. in Public Policy and Management, 2018

    Tsinghua University

  • B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature, 2015

    Tsinghua University



“Addressing Risk by Doing Good: Business Responses to Government Policy Initiatives”

(Forthcoming) “Service Motivation under Political Pressure: Exploring Chinese Local Cadres Responsiveness” (with Zhezhe Duan and Zhenqing Zheng) Asian Survey

(2023) “Urban Chinese Support for Armed Unification with Taiwan: Social Status, National Pride and Understanding of Taiwan” (with Dongtao Qi and Suixin Zhang) Journal of Contemporary China 32 (143): 727-744 [Paper] [The Economist] [Taiwan Insight]

(2021) “Dividing without Conquering: Generation, Class, Ethnicity, and Nationalism in Taiwan’s 2016 Presidential Election” (with Dongtao Qi) Issues & Studies 57 (3): 1-32 [Paper]

Working Papers

“When Do Businesses Partner with Governments? Evidence from China’s Regulatory Crackdown” (dissertation paper, in preparation for submission)

“Keep Calm and Do Business: Economic (Non)Responses to Political Tensions” (with Fanying Kong and Xuan Wang, under review)

“Political Backlash of Economic Sanctions: Evidence from Beijing’s Restriction on Cross-straits Tourism” (with Dongtao Qi and Suixin Zhang, under review) [SSRN]

Fiscal Origin of Property Rights (In)Security: Evidence from China’s Enforcement (with Ziwen Zu)

“Show Me the (Correct) Numbers: Information Misreporting and China’s Statistical Reform” [SSRN]

“Countering Local Data Manipulation in China: Public Shaming or Power Centralization” (with Handi Li and Minh Trinh)

“Access, Experience and Outcome: Bridging the Internship Gaps in the Media Industry” (with Wenhong Chen, Lesley Willard, Luis Figueroa and Katie Hoovestol, under review)

  • First Place Paper Award of the Internships and Careers Interest Group at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2023)



Teaching Assistant

  • Politics in Contemporary China (2022)
  • Social Movement (2022)
  • American Government (2020, 2021)
  • U.S.-Latin America Relations (2019)
  • Political Parties (2018)