Shengqiao Lin

Shengqiao Lin

Postdoctoral Fellow

Harvard University

Hello and Welcome!

I am a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Reimagining the Economy Project within the Center for International Development.

I study state-business relations with a regional focus on China. My research examines how firms and individuals respond to government intervention in the market (e.g., regulation, industrial policy, economic sanction), and how these interactions shape governance outcomes. My papers have been accepted or published at Journal of Politics, Journal of Contemporary China, Asian Survey, and Issues & Studies. My work has received APSA 2023 Best Conference Paper Award and 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 1.4 million reads (available at Weibo and Notion).

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  • State-business Relation
  • Industrial Policy
  • Corporate Political Strategy
  • International Business
  • Chinese Politics


  • Ph.D. in Government, 2024

    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



(Conditionally Accepted)“Addressing Risk by Doing Good: Business Responses to Government Policy Initiatives” Journal of Politics [SSRN]

(2024) “Service Motivation under Political Pressure: Exploring Chinese Local Cadres’ Responsiveness” (with Zhezhe Duan and Zhenqing Zheng) Asian Survey [Paper]

(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]

(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]

(2020) “Grassroots Party Building and People-Oriented Institutions in Xiuwu County” in China Case Studies for Public Policy & Management, Tsinghua University Press (in Chinese)

Working Papers

(Draft Available Upon Request)

“When Do Businesses Partner with Governments? Evidence from China’s Regulatory Crackdown” (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 Selective Enforcement: Evidence from China’s Administrative Penalties” (with Ziwen Zu)

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

“Countering Local Data Manipulation by Disclosure” (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 & Careers Interest Group at AEJMC 2023



Teaching Assistant

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